|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.