Always Worthwhile

With the sun shining I decided on another walk around Liddington Hill. No dog today so a bit more leisurely. After an unsuccessful quick look for the  Stonechats I set off around the base of the Hill and then up onto the ridge.

It was really lovely in the sunshine and also fairly warm.Several Skylarks were passing over with one or two singing. A few Meadow Pipits were flushed from the grass and a Kestrel and a Buzzard flew over. Eight Magpies were squabbling around the Butts before flying off towards Folly Farm. The first real thing of interest then flew over, a British airways A380, probably heading for Cardiff.IMG_6416 (1280x852) Moving on I finally saw a few birds in the hedgerow. Mainly Linnets and IMG_6423 (1280x917)Yellowhammers along with Great and Blue Tit and a Wren. I then heard a Ring Ouzel. Standing quietly I saw some movement, then a Song thrush emerged followed by what I think was from a very brief view may well have been a young Ouzel. Another bird appeared flying across  to the hedgerow from a clump of hawthorn, a male Ring Ouzel. It was quite flighty moving from bush to bush calling loudly before it flew off towards the Butts. On my walk back I didn’t see it again but did add Mistle thrush to the list when three flew off ahead of me. Also seen were a Red Admiral and a small Tortoiseshell. Finally for a change a couple of pictures of the sheep that are roaming the hill.

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