A Nice Local Day

Today started with a pre dawn drive to Royal Wootton Bassett and Marlborough. It wasn’t for birds but I had hoped that I might see an Owl or two. The weather put paid to that as there was a light drizzle for most of the journey. Then it was an appointment at the hospital followed by a bird filled dog walk along the Railway Path. The field near the Farm Shop is flooded again and there were five Black-headed Gulls and thirty-two Lapwing on it. Twenty or so Redwing were moving ahead of me along the hedgerow and one tree held a flock of at least thirty Corn Bunting. There were plenty of tits and Chaffinches about and Buzzard, Red Kite and Kestrel flew the raptor flag. At the back of the House the House Sparrow flock was in good voice.IMG_1987 (1024x732)                                                                                         After lunch I headed over to Coate Water where most of the small birds had gone AWOL. A single Grey Wagtail flew along the main lake and at Hide 1 there was a single Woodpecker and a few Blue and Great Tits on the feeders. A couple of Squirrels were raiding the feeders and a Brown Rat was also seen. From Hide 2 were more tits including a few Long-tailed. On the water were 11 Goosander, and fourteen Pochard amongst the ducks. Twenty-seven Cormorants were roosting on the stumps on the far side. Carrying on over the wet meadows a flock of around two hundred Lapwing flew up as did at least fifty Snipe. A large flock of Redwing in the trees numbered three hundred plus. In with the horses were a few Pied Wagtails, Stock Doves and Pheasants bring the visit species total to thirty-six.

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2 responses to “A Nice Local Day

  1. Hi Malcolm, I would have loved to see 50 Snipe! I do hope your treatment is going well, very best wishes, Jenny

    • The views weren’t great as they all shot out of the undergrowth in front of me.
      First cycle of treatment has gone well, here’s to the next eleven!! Thanks for the best wishes.

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