A Quieter Day

No birding as such today. Did a few bits in the house this morning and then my wife and I walked to Marlborough with the dog. A pleasant walk of just under nine miles along the railway path which starts by the farm shop. With no stopping to look for birds the list today was fairly sparse. A few Chiffchaffs, Goldfinch and Linnets along with a couple of Wrens and Great Spots. Near to Ogbourne St Andrew there were three Red Kites and four Buzzards circling. There were loads of butterflies all along the walk with Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Gatekeeper, Brimstones and Whites all noted. Early evening found me sat in the garden, enjoying the sunshine with a beer. A Sparrowhawk glided over, a dozen or so House Martins were feeding high up and small groups of gulls were heading towards Coate or the Water Park. A check on Twitter revealed that the Marsh Sandpiper had not been seen today but a Wryneck had appeared at New Passage. Also the juvenile Black Tern was still at the Water Park.

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