Weekend Sightings

Saturday 14th March - Sunday 15th March 2009
A weekend of increasingly pleasant weather is now giving a real Spring-like feel to things, as did the 10+ Sand Martins at Fretherne on Saturday morning, as they flew overhead. I had called in there with Mark on the way back from Slimbridge to get a better view of the 61 Dark-bellied Brent Geese Mike had found on the river, having had a distant view from the Holden Tower. The flock had come up on the high tide, and appeared to contain at least one Pale-bellied.

The local Hawfinches continued to provide good entertainment over the weekend, with a maximum of six seen early on Saturday morning by Mark and myself around Dimore playing field. Other birds noted here included six Redwings, a Mistle Thrush, a Song Thrush, two Ravens over and a Sparrowhawk.

On Sunday, family commitments took me to Reading for my daughter to attend a seminar, so Linda and myself went on to Windsor to spend the afternoon. The resident Ring-necked Parakeets (above) in Windsor Great Park are always nice to see, and at least four were spotted, and a total of seven Red Kites were seen, two at Windsor (the bird below was high over Windsor Great Park), and the rest along the M4/A329(M) between Membury Services and Reading.

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