Monday, 7 October 2013


Drove out to the east of Millets Garden Centre parked up and walked the bridle track/footpath south of Manor Farm. The path goes through some of the garden centres crops and I noticed thousands of Pumpkins etc partly harvested presumably readied for the Halloween trade. After a few hundred yards I climbed a stile and got into conversation with a Hawker carrying a Harris Hawk, apparently he is from the Falconry centre originally at Fallowfields but they have now moved their operation to Millets.
Shortly after leaving them the river Ock became my travelling companion and I kept company with it almost to Garford before heading east to the disused quarry between the old Noahs Ark pub that has long been converted into private accommodation  and the Marcham junction.
Apart from the usual Corvids and Wood Pigeon I noted 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Wren, 5 Mallard, 3 Goldfinch, 12 Linnet, 4 Buzzard, 2 Pheasant, 4 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 3 Moorhen, 1 Jay and numerous Robins tuning up their vocal chords.
                                          The unexpected Harris Hawk
                                         Harris Hawk
                  The low water level in the River Ock showing the lack of rain.

 This Buzzard must have been over four hundred yards away -hence the poor quality photo
                                          Another long distance Buzzard pic
                                          Wonderful Land
                       I think this may be Grey Pine Carpet - but then again......

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