I had some work to do at home today and having finished a little earlier than expected decided to head of to Salisbury Plain. On the way I stopped off at Marlborough STW where there were plenty of Wagtails. Many Pied and two each of White and Grey. Then it was a drive through Savernake making a couple of stops along the Grand Avenue. Two large flocks of Tits were seen in the leaf litter and another moving through the trees. Nuthatch and GS Woodpecker were heard but not seen. I spent a while in a favoured Hawfinch area, as usual with no sighting. On the way to the Plain, just outside Collingbourne Ducis a Grey Partridge was seen. A Chinook was seen at the Everleigh Drop Zone.
At Weather Hill Firs, under the Beech trees was a large (100+) flock of Chaffinches. A few minutes checking them out did not find a Brambling amongst them. Also here were a couple of Mistle Thrushes. Heading along the tracks I came across a few armoured vehicles.
Other birds seen were a flock of around fifty Golden Plover, a couple of Kestrels and the same of Stonechats.
I parked at a decent viewpoint and at just before half-four a single Short-eared Owl put in an appearance. It was covering quite a large area, at one stage it was mobbed by a Kestrel and a Peregrine. With no sign of any Hen harriers I headed off home at five o’clock.