Savernake and Draycott

With a couple of hours spare this morning I went for a walk in Savernake. Starting from Eight Ways i did a loop around Thornhill and back. The first birds seen were a Red Kite followed literally by a Buzzard. A dozen or so Great Tits and a couple of Blue Tits were next. At Thornhill it was pretty quiet with a couple of Bullfinches over and a Wren and Blackbird by the pond. A lone Redwing also flew in, landing in a berry laden bush. A couple of Great Spotted Woodpeckers were heard and a Nuthatch seen. Reaching the return track there had been a lot of forestry work going on. Piles of logs were along the track which was extremely muddy in places due to the heavy machinery being used. In a couple of places you could see where the vehicles had been entering and leaving the forest.

A small flock of birds was found which consisted of six Coal Tits, a Marsh Tit and a couple of Blue Tits. A charm of at least thirty Goldfinches flew over then circled and landed at the top of the trees. Final sighting was of a Jay that flew across the track near to the car. On the way home I took the back road from Ogbourne through Draycott and back to Chiseldon. I noticed a few birds flying into some bushes ahead of me and stopped in a gateway to look at them. It was a good-sized mixed flock of Fieldfare, Redwings and Starlings which were flying between the bushes and the adjoining field. Fortuitously next to the gateway I had pulled into was a largish puddle that the birds were drinking from. Using the car as a makeshift hide I managed a few reasonable pictures. Also seen here were four or five Skylarks further out in the field and Chaffinches and Goldfinches.

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