Out on the Plain

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 litterIMG_7364 (1024x682) 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.

Near to here a juvenile Buzzard was seen. Initially I wondered what it was as it had so much white on it.IMG_7380 (1024x682)

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. IMG_7387 (1024x682)                                          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.

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