Barbury Birding

Just for a change I managed to get out reasonably early this morning. Around a quarter to nine! I headed for Barbury for a bit of from the car birding. A drive along the Old Ridgeway track started well with a smart male Redstart. Corn buntings and Skylark were singing and there were good numbers of Linnet around. Swallows were dipping into the pond where there were a few dragonflies patrolling the margins. Plenty of butterflies were on the wing with five species seen. Half way along the track I turned a drove back parking a couple of hundred yards before the road. Here I heard Quail and Grey Partridge but neither were seen in the long grass. Buzzard and Red Kite were seen overhead. Later in the day I went to Dobbies in Cirencester with my daughter where we were treated to a flu=yover by a KC10 and three F35s on their way back to the States. We then went to the Swan Inn by the Thames at Radcot where, sitting by the river we enjoyed a very nice burger while watching Swallows and House Martins feeding over the water. Three Red Kites and a Hobby were also seen here.

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