A Mixed Week

Started on Tuesday evening with an evening visit to Savernake in the company of Martin and Pete. Very disappointing with no sign of Woodcock or Nightjar, the best bird was a Great Spotted Woodpecker and the highlight a good number of bats seen. Thursday saw me on a flying visit to Stanton Park to try and catch up with a Wiltshire Spotted Flycatcher. This i managed along with Blackcap and Bullfinch. Today Pete and I headed south to Franchises Wood where our target birds were Wood Warbler and Redstart. We managed nether of these but did manage a bonus bird with a flock of t least twenty-five Crossbills putting in an appearance. We heard Firecrest but didn’t manage to see one. We then moved on to Acres Down where the hoped for Honey Buzzards weren’t playing. We did manage several Common Buzzards, a pair of Sparrowhawks and another heard only Firecrest. To finish we ended up on Salisbury plain where we found a couple of Stone Curlews amd apart from Skylarks very little else. In all a pleasant day out but not quite what we hoping for in the way of birds seen.


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