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23rd March 2018 – Stoke Park Estate, Bristol

I only had an hour to spare and so I wandered across to Stoke Park. The cold wind had ceased and it was good to feel some warmth in the day even though it was still quite grey.

At first I only saw a few crows (one with a tasty meal) and some wood pigeon.

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Then a kestrel flew by the trees surrounding Duchess Pond and it stayed long enough for me to make my way round and get close to it next to the pond.

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A male stonechat made a brief appearance.

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There weren’t many ducks on the pond just a pair of mallard and 4 moorhen.

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On the way back there were lots of robins staking their territories noisily and a dunnock.

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