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12th August 2019 – Stoke Park Estate, Bristol

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Encouraged by what I had seen in the park yesterday I went back this morning to see if I could see the whinchat that has been reported in recent days.

First of all in the marshy area I saw reed buntings again. In the same area I also saw goldfinch, common whitethroat, a bluetit and overhead a kestrel (which was almost impossible to photograph as it was against the light).

DSC05725Reed bunting

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DSC05899Reed bunting in flight

DSC05884Aggressive reed bunting

DSC05736Common whitethroat

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DSC05817Common whitethroat in flight

Just as I was about to move on I caught sight of the whinchat. It’s not that rare but I was dead chuffed to see it. I stayed for a while but that was the only sighting.

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DSC05930Whinchat

I did a loop of Duchess Pond and saw more goldfinches, a green woodpecker and moorhens, coots and mallards.

DSC06039Goldfinch

DSC06072Green woodpecker

DSC06078Green woodpecker in flight

DSC06026Juvenile moorhen

DSC06117Coot putting its chick in place

DSC06120Moorhen

There were also a few bedraggled butterflies.

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