Osprey and Wheatears

Saturday 31st March 2007

I was wondering yesterday if Spring will finally get going, well I think today has answered that with a definite YES after an excellent morning's birding with Andy. First, at Compton Abdale an Osprey flew north towards Compton Grove at 7.30am. Later, a group of six Wheatears (4 males, 2 females) and c20 Linnets were at the old airfield, and at least 500 Fieldfares to the east of the airfield. A pair of Mandarin were an usual sight on the River Coln near Yanworth. There were also plenty of Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests singing in the Woods, and numerous Skylarks on the airfield. On the mammal front, we saw three Brown Hares around the area and around 20-30 Roe Deer in Chedworth Woods. This afternoon in my garden at Quedgeley, a Brimstone butterfly made a brief visit. (Photos of Wheatears, Skylark, Buzzard and Fieldfares by Paul Masters).


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