On the Plain in the Rain

Today Pete and I had planned to go to Salisbury plain and despite the forecast of rain that is what we did. We started with a short walk at Liddington Hill and had a brief glimpse of what we think were two Ring Ouzels in the hedgerow. There was no sign of the Whinchat that were seen earlier on in the morning but no matter as we hoped to see some on the Plain. Unfortunately by the time we arrived on the east side of Salisbury plain the rain had set in so the planned walks were cancelled and we ended up doing most of our birding from the car. We had a good start with a Red Kite and two Grey Partridges pretty well the first birds that we saw. From then on it became a little more challenging but we soon managed to add Corn Bunting, Mipit, Linnet, Reed Bunting and Lapwing to the list. Despite the rain the Skylarks were singing well and there was hardly a time when we couldn’t hear one singing. A good scan of the grassland found our first Stone Curlews of the year with good views of two birds. After a stop for lunch we carried on adding Stonechat to the seen from the car in the rain list.IMG_2806 (1024x682) Two Mallards were wandering around on one of the tracks but flew off to one of the many wetter areas as we approached.

It then actually stopped raining and we managed a short walk in one of the more vegetated areas. Here we heard a Whitethroat and added several other species to the list. These included Yellowhammer, Goldfinch, Chaffinch and Swallow. A flock of twenty Fieldfare was a surprise having expected them all to have headed off north by now. Our final stop was at Weather Hill Firs where we added Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Chiffchaff and Song Thrush. In all we managed thirty-four species which wasn’t bad considering the conditions. A repeat visit will be made on a nicer day.

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