A Frustrating Weekend……..

…..with a family trip to London and Suffolk with very little chance of birding. On Saturday morning I managed a short walk on Liddington Hill. No sign of any Ring Ouzels but there were plenty of birds about. Several flocks of Meadow Pipits totalled well into three figures and there were flocks of fifty or so Yellowhammers and Linnets. Corn Bunting, Chiffchaff and Skylark were all heard singing and Buzzard and Kestrel were seen. In London we went to pick up my daughter from university and found time for a walk at Pen Ponds in Richmond Park. Having seen many deer on the drive through we saw and heard some bellowing males. A flock of fifteen Wigeon were flying around and a late Common Tern was a surprise find. There were several Pochard and Tufted Duck on the western lake. Grey Heron and Cormorant were seen along with Eygptian Geese, a Grey Wagtail and many Parakeets. In a bird filled Suffolk today all I managed were twenty-five House Sparrows and two Collared Doves in my great aunts garden, a roadside Jay and six Buzzards circling overhead the pub that we went to for Sunday lunch. I am working Monday to Friday this week so not much opportunity for getting out until next weekend.

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