I shall start with wishing all who are still following me a Happy New Year. Thank you as always for sticking with me. After my eventful 2016 I hope that this year will see a return to normality (whatever that may be).
So after a fairly late night I had no plans for today, especially with the weather looking to be pretty miserable. As it happened I was awake before eight so decided to get up and go to Roves Farm to see if the Cattle Egrets were still around. If they were I couldn’t find them so it was back home for me with 15 species on the list. Bullfinch being the best of them. Later in the morning we took the dog for a walk in Lydiard Park. Not my choice as I object to paying the parking charges that have been implemented. However I am looking forward to them spending some of the money on improving the disgraceful state of some of the paths. My mother who is partially sighted found them to be a real struggle and had to be assisted in many places. Not good enough for a so called flagship amenity. As the council obviously want shot of the responsibility of running these places they aren’t bothering with maintenance. In the afternoon I saw that the Egrets had been reported so had another drive out there, again with the same result. I did manage to get a Marsh Tit in the pouring rain so not a wasted trip. Tomorrow I have a day of Wiltshire birding planned so have my fingers crossed for a productive day. I have in my head a target of sixty species and this will be without going to the Water Park, so it will be interesting to see how I do.