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18th October 2020 – South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire

The sun didn’t appear at all today. It’s a shame it’s so dull at the moment as we are not seeing the autumn colours at their best. We spent the morning and early afternoon in the countryside around Tormarton, Marshfield and Castle Combe (there would have been a few chocolate box photos of this pretty village but we couldn’t find anywhere to park) but we did have a walk through the woods.

We saw large flocks of starling but no fieldfare or redwings which we had hoped to see. There were a couple of raptors (a kestrel and a buzzard) and meadow pipits and a grey wagtail on the wire.

We have seen lots of fields in recent days where the farmers have left the stubble – very good for the birds
The trees would look so much better with a few rays of sunshine
Grey wagtail
Meadow pipits on the wire
Blue tit
A distant kestrel
The kestrel and this buzzard we saw really close up but I took a while to get a photo

We are not far from Badminton here and we saw plenty of horses on the lanes and in the fields – such beautiful animals.