So once again I have failed to get back to doing regular post but yet again I have had a busy week.
Saturday saw my first trip of the year to Aberdare where a walk along the river during my break got me my first Kingfisher of the year but no sign of a Dipper.
Last Sunday a quick look in at Eysey got the first Little-ringed Plover of the year, it was in a field with a hundred or more Pied Wagtail. Also here was a flock of thirteen Dunlin, only seen when they and a flock of Lapwing took to the air.
The highlight of a Monday morning walk in Savernake was a Reeves Pheasant, the first I have seen for quite a while. The previous sighting was in Totterdown Woods on Fyfield Down. There were plenty of Woodpweckers around but unfortunately no Lesser seen or heard.
On Wednesday it was another trip to Aberdare and this time, despite heavu=y rain and a fast running river Dipper made it onto the year-list.
Yesterday I had an ill-timed afternoon walk to Lydiard Park with my daughter. We arrived at the same time as a squall and got blasted by the wind but fortunately it didn’t rain. Little Grebe and a few Wigeon were the best birds seen.
This morning I decided on a walk from home along the Old Railway Path then past Pinckcombe Wood towards Hodson. This used to be a regular walk for me but I haven’t done it for at least a year. It turned out to be a bit of a Peckerfest with at least eight Great Spots, 2 Greens and the big surprise a single Lesser which drummed twice and called once. Certainly an unexpected bonus. Another highlight was the first Greenfinch that I have seen in the village this year.