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4th February 2018 – Siston Brook, Willsbridge

I saw a tweet (from Rojobus) about dippers (or the lack of them) in Siston Brook, Willsbridge and realised that the brook led to St. Anne’s Church (now famous for hawfinches and ring-necked parakeets) and thought I would have another go at seeing hawfinches. We had no luck but really enjoyed the stroll up from Willsbridge Mill (with its pleasant café) to St Anne’s Church.

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We were treated to snowdrops, crocuses, catkins, a fleeting glimpse of a dipper and several views of a kingfisher. There were reports of ring-necked parakeets but none of hawfinches.

MT1D2653The ring-necked parakeet which I had seen at St Anne’s Church on the 29th January.

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DSC07274The trees are beginning to show signs of life

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DSC07243The beautiful willow below St Anne’s Church

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DSC07282Crocuses and snowdrops

St Anne’s Church is a real delight (with its Commonwealth War Memorial graves) and beautiful yew trees.

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The walk back was brightened by a cheery robin singing its heart out.

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DSC07266A cheery robin singing near to Siston Brook

Click below for gallery of photos from this morning:

 

 

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