Lunch by the Kennet

Following on from yet another shopping trip to Marlborough I headed via the Marlborough STW to the Kennet at Axford. The works had the usual mix of wagtails, mainly Pied along with one each of White and Grey. I parked just outside Axford and sat alongside the bridge to have my lunch.

Soup, sarnie and a sausage roll from Sumblers Butchers. It was pretty quiet here with just ten species seen. Bullfinch being the only one of note. In the nearby fields were a couple of Hares. I then moved onto Ramsbury Manor to check out the lake and surrounding trees. There was a little more to see here, three Goldcrests were moving along with a flock of Long-tailed Tits. On and around the water were Little Egret, Grey Heron, Gadwall, Mute Swans and a Black-necked Swan.

On the lawn in front of the house were Guinea Fowl and a few Canada Geese.

The drive back past Whites Hill had, as usual plenty of raptors. Four Buzzards circling together, a Kestrel and a Sparrowhawk. Unusually no Red Kite was seen. Also seen along the road here was a fairly obliging Stonechat.IMG_1885 (1024x682)


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