Staying Local

Today started with an early morning visit to Liddington Hill to look for Ring Ouzels. I strolled along the hedgerow to the west of the castle finding good numbers of the regulars but no sign of migrants. I went about halfway along before crossing into the field to check out the other side of the hedge. I was almost back to the start point when I saw a bird fly up into the hedge, quickly getting the bins onto it. I had a rear three quarter view which showed off the silvery wings. After a few seconds the bird disappeared into some ivy and wasn’t seen again. A few yards further on and another Ouzel flew out from the back of the hedge and away. Also around were the usual Linnets, Yellowhammers and Corn Buntings.IMG_2782 (1024x674) Later on in the morning I went to Coate. Good numbers of Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warblers in song along with a single Cetti’s. There were quite a few gulls on the main lake along with my first Common Tern of the year. Duck numbers are now well down with Tufted being the most numerous. Just two teal were seen along with a few Gadwall. Also seen here were three Roe Deer.

The day was finished off with an evening dog walk from Folly Farm. There was no sign of this mornings Redstart but flocks of Linnet and Corn Bunting numbering fifty plus and thirty plus along with several Yellowhammers and Chaffinches were good to see. Also around were two Buzzards and a pair of Kestrels.

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