|Wren Troglodytes troglodytes
Friday 11 March
Off to see son, grand-daughters and great grandchildren for the day in Calne, Wiltshire which, with only the slightest of deviations, took us along the A36 north-west of Salisbury allowing Jenny and I to call in at Langford Lakes where for the past week it seems a White-tailed Eagle has been a daily sighting. Unfortunately, our visit coincided with the return of the rains so although we were on site by 9.30 it was a very miserable and depressing start to the day. Needless to say, no sight of the eagle but we did tarry a while and in our wet twenty-five minutes manged to record 17 Species.
|Mute Swan Cygnus olor
Fortunately there were two hides overlooking the respective waters on either side of the road. The northern lake produced Great Crested Grebe, Mute Swan, Cormorant, Tufted Duck and a score or more resting Wood Pigeons where the opposite lake had both the Black-headed Gulls and Canada Geese. From the former hide we watched a couple of Chiffchaff and there were a few Blackbirds searching for the early worm or two. Near the Visitors Centre calling Wren, Blue Tit and Long-tailed Tit. Making our way back to the car we also encountered Carrion Crow, Magpie and a sodden male Pheasant. Then both Mallard and Rook to see us on our way to Calne.
|Male (Cock) Pheasant Phasianus colchicus
Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Pheasant, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Black-headed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Wren, Blackbird, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Chiffchaff, Magpie, Rook, Carrion Crow.