Friday, 29 November 2013

Are you ready for a little Chat?

I have been suffering manflu (a cold in girl terms) and its been a miserable time, but today I felt up to getting out into the great Oxon countryside, so chose the ridgeway as I didn't want to come into contact with anyone and risk giving them a dose of this rather nasty cold.
Drove past the White Horse car park and left the motor just off the ridgeway and then walked south towards Lambourn after a disappointing mile or so and having seen only a few Goldfinch and Chaffinch I retraced my steps and joining the ridgeway set off in an easterly direction. The ridgeway here runs behind White Horse Hill and a pleasant surprise in the form of a Stonechat presented itself. The next delight was a Kestrel hunting the rough grassland that covers much of this ancient and historical site.Looking southwards three large birds came tumbling and cronking by, they were of course Ravens and finished off a very nice return to the world of birding.
The Oxon Feather.

                                          Looking east as the ridgeway drops away
                                        Fence posts looking stark in this harsh high environment

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