The boots took a long overdue circuit around Horton Country Park today. I was out for over 3 hours following the footpaths and tracks across fields, around the horse paddocks and the pond close to the Golf Course. Sightings included Dunnock, Collared Dove, Woodpigeon, Jay, Magpie, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Coal Tit, Robin, House Sparrow, Starling, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Nuthatch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch (heard) and Coot (heard). The highlights were a Common Buzzard soaring high up on the early afternoon thermals, a Hobby hunting and a very brief view of a male Bullfinch but regretfully no useable pictures.
Millions of thistle seed heads just waiting for a strong wind to disperse them everywhere.
Despite the wild flowers and autumn fruits there was little in the way of 'fluttering' activity except
A Robin peeked out from its shaded perch.
The grasses were swaying in the gentle breeze.
and finally Common Darters made an appearance.
Have a good wildlife weekend wherever you are and whatever you are doing ....... FAB.