Up the Hill again

Another early morning visit to Liddington Hill today. The hedgerows were really busy with birds, Yellowhammers, Chaffinch, Blue and Great Tits, Dunnocks and Blackbirs all seen in varying quantities. Past the first gate there was a flock of at least seventy Corn Buntings. Good numbers of Meadow Pipits were around as well. Surprisingly considering the amount of Wheatears around and about (one hundred and seven at Hengistbury yesterday) not a single one was seen. Maybe still a little early for Ring Ouzel, tenth of April was my first last year. Later in the morning we headed off to Bourton-on-the Water. Amazingly my first ever visit to the town. A really nice place although a massive tourist honeypot, unbearable in the summer I would imagine. Birdwise great if you like Mallards, there must have been at least thirty on the river that runs along the main street. Made a quick stop at Eysey on the way back and bagged just a Green Sandpiper along with the usual ducks etc. Final call was again the flood water at Chiseldon. The Ruddy Shelduck was again skulking amongst the vegetation and there were four LBB Gulls on the water. Green Sandpipers soon I hope.

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