Buntings and Plovers
An early start to Frampton this morning, and I finally saw my first Water Rail of the year at the reed-bed to the north of Splatt Bridge. There were also four Little Egrets see in the area, three of them in flight and another perched in a tree by the canal at Nebrow Oakwood. At the sailing lake there were c60 Sand Martins and a Kingfisher, and 10 Linnets were in a field near Parkend Bridge at Moreton Valence.
At Hawling this afternoon, two Corn Buntings were in a field just north of the 'triangle', also two Yellowhammers and in a further field 221 Golden Plover were seen in the air, (photographed and counted - see below!). Near Shipton, cutting back to the A40 there was a big flock of mainly Starlings but also 10 Fieldfares and two Redwings among them (photos of Corn Bunting and Golden Plover flock: Paul Masters).