Not taking the Camera Always Works!

This morning I took the dog for a walk from Folly Farm up onto the Ridgeway and back via Liddington Castle. Having decided not to take the camera the first bird I saw was a posing Whitethroat at the copse. The cattle are out in the fields at the moment and I could see that there were some birds around them. Getting closer I saw that they were Yellow Wagtails. They were quite hard to count as they were moving in and out of the longer grass but I reckon that there were more than fifty in all. A few were lined up on a fence, another missed photo opportunity.  On the cropped grass slope towards the end of the fields were four Wheatear, two of which posed nicely atop thistles.and a Red kite passed overhead. Along the Ridgeway were more Whitethroats and some Meadow Pipits. Two small groups of Yellow Wags flew over as did a Heron and a number of Swallows and House Martins. At the castle were a couple more Mipits and a low flying US Air Force C17 was heading for Fairford. Back on the western slope were at least three more Wheatears and a couple of Chiffchaffs were in the bushes. In all a  reasonable total of twenty-three species were seen


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