Sunday, 28 April 2013

Chiltern Hills

Speen, Bucks - sunshine and showers, cool - Spent the weekend in the Chilterns with friends during which time a couple of forays out delivered the expected Red Kites and Common Buzzards floating over the wooded hillsides and valleys. Singing Yellowhammers were noted in two places during a four mile walk through farmland while a single Skylark sang above a barley field, but otherwise there were few passerines about and not a single Linnet or Whitethroat.
Things were a little better in the woodlands where Green Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Blackcap and Chiffchaff were all vocalising; while one mature beech wood, with a wide dappled clearing, delivered the surprise of the weekend in the form of a singing Wood Warbler, a species that not that long ago was widely, albeit thinly, distributed across the Chilterns. Two roe deer were also logged grazing on the woodland edge and the first bluebells were in bloom.

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