Misty Birding

I took the dog for a walk around the Liddington Hill area this morning. It was very misty but there were loads of birds around. First seen was a Blackcap and then the first of several Chiffchaffs. Linnets, Goldfinches, Corn Buntings and Yellowhammers were seen in good numbers and a single Wheatear was picked out in the rough grass. A Yellow Wagtail was heard flying over. Seven Canada Geese flew over calling noisily and a flock of around thirty Swallows were feeding low over the fields. Sparrowhawk and Buzzard were noted and a Jay was an unusual sighting for this area. Five thrushes were seen heading east. they could have been Fieldfare but were more likely to have been Mistle. Twenty -three species in all and this would probably have been higher if I hadn’t had the dog with me.

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