Another New Local Site

I had a couple of hours spare this morning so headed off to West Kennet where a Black Redstart was seen a few days ago. Even though it is just a few miles from home this was a new area for me. Although there was no sign of the target bird the area certainly has potential and deserves another visit when more time is available. There is a good mix of farmland, hedgerow and downland. It is close to the source of the Kennet and currently the river is dry but through the winter it should fill up adding more interest to the area. The best birds seen here were a flock of twenty-one Golden Plover, my first of the autumn. I then crossed the A4 to Avebury Trusloe where I walked up to Windmill Hill. There were many Skylarks passing overhead along with a couple of flocks of Linnets. Otherwise it was the normal farmland birds, Corn Buntings, Yellowhammers and Goldfinches.


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