Some Local Stuff

From the M4 at Wroughton today a Little Egret was amongst a flock of gulls in an adjacent field. I made a brief stop at the Broome Manor Lane end of Coate Water while on my way home. I was hoping to see some Mandarins but didn’t. There were a good selection of birds on the water. Nine Goosander were drifting around, two Shoveler, A single Teal and a few Gadwall were amongst the Tufted Ducks and the gulls. Four species of gull included my first Common in Wiltshire this year. Twenty-one Swans, a couple of Great Crested Grebes and plenty of Coots made up the rest. A Heron flew over and was mobbed by five Black-headed gulls. In the woods I saw singles of Jay, Marsh Tit and Goldcrest. Later on I took the dog for a walk along the Chiseldon Railway Path. Apart from the common birds a Bullfinch was heard and a Kestrel was hunting. It dropped down into a field and then flew up and away carrying an unfortunate small mammal. A flock of Starlings passed low overhead heading in the direction of Barbury Castle and then I presume onwards to their roost.

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