Friday, 18 January 2013

Hornhill,Didicot Alley Woodoaks farm and Stockers

Lewis and I parked in Chalfont road and walked along the field opposite Beechen wood.
A little further on as we walked over the frozen field we flushed a Common Buzzard from
the hedgerow.
We now walked up the gradient called Didicot Alley where Christine Bessant had said the
mixed flocks of Yellowhammers,Skylarks and Meadow pipits obliged.
Next up Woodoaks farm where a small flock of Golden Plovers showed from the track
leading up to the dung heap.
Around 51 birds showed well particularly in flight around the farm a few Yellowhammers
showed along with collared dove and wood pigeon.
Then it was on to Stockers where on adjacent Bury GP two pairs of Red crested pochards were on
view. Also of note here was a pair of Goldeneyes the male showed quite well as did a number
of Wigeon and Pochard.
A  cup of tea in the cafe while Lewis did his Wildfowl counts was proceeded by views of
a couple of confiding Redwing as we left the cafe.
Finally a female Pochard posed in cold light from the Shoveler hide at Stockers before
Lewis and I called it a day.

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