Recent Birding

Last Sunday myself and Pete headed south and managed reasonable views of a Honey Buzzard and also a heard but not seen Tree Pipit.  Then it was three busy days at work before a trip out today. Pete Matt and I headed off to the Plain with a stop en-route at the column in Savernake where we found a single Purple Emperor that was initially on the column but when the sun came out gave an excellent flying display before landing on the ground giving great views of its vivid purple colouring. Also seen here was a large Dragonfly which we think was an Emperor. We had a successful time on the Plain with twenty-eight species noted. Stars of the show were two possibly three Montagu’s Harriers and two Stone Curlews. In all we saw six species of raptor, Buzzard, Red Kite, Monty’s, Hobby, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel. Only two Whinchat were seen but there were loads of Stonechats around including several family groups, it appears that they have had a good year. Other seen included Skylark, Mipit, Reed Bunting, Goldfinch, Linnet and Pied Wagtail. Pete saw a Redstart which Matt and I missed. A single Quail was heard but as usual not seen. On the aviation front four types of helicopter were noted. Apache, Gazelle, Lynx Wildcat and Puma.

2 responses to “Recent Birding

  1. Matt Pringle

    As usual a fantastic day out & with great company

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