Weekend Birds

On Saturday we took the dog for a walk at Chilton Foliat. On the way there a quick stop at Froxfield found a single Green Sandpiper and a couple of Moorhens. AT Chilton Foliat we did a circuit from the Littlecote Road, over the river bridge on the main road and then through the village and back to the car via the woods and the wooden footbridge. A few Brimstones were seen and on the wide-water were a good number of Mallard, some Tufted Duck, a couple of Little Grebe, Greylag Geese and a single Little Egret. Walking through the village we decided to stop at the pub for a drink. However at over £7 for a pint of Bitter Shandy and a White Wine and Soda we shan’t be going again. It was quiet in the woods with just a Nuthatch heard. Back at the river there were more Mallards and quite a few Rainbow Trout, some of them a really good size.

Sunday morning saw myself and Pete at the Water Park. For a change we started of walking through the old Cotswold Community site to Lake 87. On the surrounding fields was a flock of around a hundred and twenty-five Canada Geese including ten with neck collars. On and around the lake were thirty plus Lapwing, A single Common Sandpiper and numerous ducks, mainly Mallard with a sprinkling of Tufted. Then it was onto Kent End for another look at the two Garganey. Also here were four Little Ringed Plover. We then went to Lake 16 were we had been told there was a Black Tern (thanks Nigel). Indeed there was and we had good views. Final stop was 68a were again Black Tern had been seen. Unfortunately as we arrived the heavens opened and we got absolutely drenched. With no chance of seeing anything we squelched our way back to the car and then home.

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