Barbury Castle in the Snow

During a family walk at Barbury Castle this afternoon I managed a county year tick amongst the reasonable amount of birds seen. We parked at the bottom of the hill on the eastern road and walked along the track at the bottom of the hill to the western end, then up to the Castle itself, across to the car park and then back down the road to the car. Best bird of the day was seen from the bottom track, a female Peregrine which came from the north and headed off over the Castle. Not much else seen at the bottom other than a distant, good sized flock of small birds. At the top heading across towards the car park were a few Yellowhammers and Corn Buntings. The Peregrine was seen briefly again from here and a Red Kite was being mobbed by some Crows. On the feeders at the new houses by the road were a good number smaller birds, Blue Tits, Great Tits, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Dunnock and Robin were all seen. Heading back down the hill a small flock of Thrushes had Fieldfare ,Mistle and Song. Final sighting was a covey of about a dozen Red-legged Partridges conspicuosly walking across the snow covered fields.


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