Went for a short walk in Savernake this morning. I chose the Braydon Hook area as I haven’t been there for a while. As usual there were plenty of tits foraging in the leaf litter and Nuthatches were very vocal. Initially it was fairly quiet on my walk, I decided to find a nice spot and wait for some birds. Nothing to start with, then a Goldcrest flew in followed by a couple of Coal Tits. Nuthatch and Great Spotted Woodpecker arrived next closely followed by a flock of tits. Mainly Great and Blue but also two Marsh Tits. I then heard the distinctive call of a Bullfinch and soon found a fine male in the treetops, Not a bad selection.
On my way back to the car three Jays flew across the path calling loudly. Heading home I stopped off on the Downs near to Ogbourne. Again it was very quiet to start with but I sat quietly in the car and after a few minutes the birds started to appear out of the hedgerows. Yellowhammer, Corn Bunting, and Chaffinch were the most numerous with a couple of Dunnocks, Robins and Blackbirds and a single Greenfinch as well. At one stage there were over a hundred birds feeding out on the track.
Two Pied Wagtails were on the field, a few Herring Gulls passed through and a Red Kite flew over. Also seen on the way back was a large flock of Wood Pigeons and five Roe Deer.