............... I arrived at the reserve!
To be greeted by an interesting sign and information board adjacent to a mansion itself. I was quite impressed by this mini-beast mansion. I'm not sure, sadly, it'll be as successful at my home as opposed to here by the river Wylie surrounded by mini-beast rich habitat.
However before going into the reserve itself, I took a slight detour upstream along the river Wylie. I'm so glad I did as the scenery on this short walk just said, "this is England" to me...
This area is owned by the Langford Trust, as opposed to the Wilshire Wildlife Trust, and is a wonderful example of local community landscape conservation in action.
The Trust land ends just beyond this bridge, though I pootled on for a few minutes more which was well worth the trek as........
Not only did this mute swan serenely watch my passing, but just around the corner the azure flash of a kingfisher competed with the azure sky overhead.Though sadly too quickly off it's perch for a photograph.
Even these two seem to find it a sociable place to reside in....
Walking to the northern shores, I had the sun in my eyes, but here more passerines can be seen,
Including sadly this very sick greenfinch, presumably suffering from the awful trichomonosis infection. Sadly I don't think this bird will survive the day.
But not all the wildlife at the reserve was expected, such as this rat, one of half a dozen which were feeding underneath the feeders. Apparently they were being preyed on my a stoat, which I failed to see as I sat watching them.
Eventually though the sun was beginning to dip, the temperature began to drop so I reluctantly decided to leave the birds to their feed and head back home.
An excellent day indeed, given the number of birds I saw in such a small area of this wonderfully picturesque part of Wiltshire. I'll not leave it 3 years before returning again.
Coal tit 2
Blue tit @10
Grey heron 1
Carrion crow 20+
Mute Swan 10+
Magpie 4Robin 3
Long Tailed Tit 7
Collared Dove 2
Great Crested Grebe 13
Black Headed Gull 10+
Herring Gull approx. 20
Tufted Duck 20+
Canada Goose 20+
Little Egret 1
Great Spotted Woodpecker 1