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16th January 2018 – Stoke Park & Eastville Park

It was good to be back on my home patch and get some good views of our local birds.

I started in Stoke Park and was instantly treated to two stonechats in the boggy section.

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Even more to my surprise was a common snipe that jumped up out of the bog and flew over to Duchess Pond (too fast for me to react).

On the pond I could only see a grey heron.

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In Eastville Park there was no sign of a kingfisher but the black-headed gulls were doing a good job diving for fish in the lake.

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The mallards are starting to look good again with their new plumage.

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However, they are not as good at posing as the robins.

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On the way home I went up the small stream that feeds in to the River Frome and was well rewarded with views of a dipper and a yellow wagtail.

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A crow with a large mouthful of bread and a magpie caught my eye before the rain started and I scurried home.

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