I went out last Saturday, bright and sunny, hoped to see especially a mistle thrush but no luck. But today - grey, gloomy, drizzly - Andrew Graham, who had the same experience, saw no fewer than 27, yes twenty seven! species of birds up on the concrete road (Ox Drove/Monarch's Way) to the east of the Wylye road from Chilmark.
He did see just one Brambling, but also a flock of larks! and lots of others including those famous 'jangling keys' corn buntings (another wonderful scientific name, emberiza calandra), bright yellowhammers getting ready for spring and chaffinches too - maybe refugees from my garden where I've seen none for several years. (Click once on a photo to enlarge and display caption.)
It was our late, lamented Committee member David Rear who suggested this spot, so it's good to have cause to remember him.
For Andrew's full account, go to MoreNews but for wildlife sightings, grey is obviously good, at this time of year at any rate!
Photo: Avocets (Izzy Fry)
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