My third chemo session yesterday turned into a bit of a marathon and I didn’t leave the hospital until gone five. This put paid to the cake eating birding from the car session at Barbury that I have managed after the two previous sessions. I was therefore determined to get out for at least a short time today. In the end I managed an hours walk from Folly Farm with the dog. Surprisingly I think that this was my first visit there this year. With a cold wind blowing the conditions weren’t ideal but it was just good to be out. The first thing I noticed was that the hedgerow on the right of the path has been laid giving a dramatically different look to the landscape along the path. Nice to see the old skills still being used.It will be interesting to how it grows throughout the year. As expected it was quiet on the bird front with just thirteen species noted. A male and female Kestrel were hunting and two each of Buzzard and Raven along with a single Red Kite put in an appearance. Smaller birds seen werea Dunnock, small flocks of Yellowhammer and Chaffinch and a flock of around thirty Corn Buntings. Several Blackbirds flew around all calling quite loudly. The total was made up with Jackdaw, Crow, Magpie and Wood Pigeon.
With reference to the Hooded Merganser at Corsham a small point of interest is that The Birdguides weekly round-up is suggesting that in their opinion it may well be accepted as a genuine wild bird. https://dub126.mail.live.com/?tid=cm0DOYi4Lg5RGOTtidZ1-DLw2&fid=flinbox.