Saturday, 12 March 2011

Birding in bucks

As i had seen that in Hillesden there had been showing last few weekend a Great Grey Shrike decieded to make a day off it and visit it and a few other birding sites. First off all visited Hillesden which was a lovely countryside location at first no sign of the wanderer but plenty of other farmland birds around with a beautiful Yellowhammer and Green Woodpeckers making there lovely sounds and hidding in the field were some Song Thrushes with Buzzard  and Red Kites calling from overhead when suddenly by a big oak tree caught sight of a grey bird before it flow off but lucky for me it was just hiding in the next hedge where i can confirm it as the Great Grey Shrike before flying off into the next tree before losing sight off it despite hunting around to see if i could see it again but lovely to see the charming bird.

Then headed off to Calvert NR where quite a lot around with Green and GS Woodpecker around and Buzzard and Red Kite overhead calling and a raven in with the crows and with my first butterflies of the year with Brimstone , Peacock and Comma on around with a pair of Comma mating as as the sun was out and making the day feel more like spring.

My last stop was the new reserve at Gallows Bridge Farm which was my first visit a nice little reseve with flooded grassland good habbit for the wildlife here i saw Curlews, Mallard, Teal, Pied Wagtails and big flocks of Starlings,  Golden Plover and Woodpigeons with over 500 of the pigeons flying over.

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