15/12/12....Norton Covert Bridleway, Iverley Park Farm and Sugar Loaf Lane.
A good walk was enjoyed this morning in the company of my Daughter Emma! We started the walk at Norton Covert where we saw and heard Blue & Great Tit and Robin along with distant Fieldfares and Redwings! The pathway alongside Iverley Park Farm was at times very muddy after the once again recent rains, nevertheless we decided to walk a circular walk and carry on to Sugar Loaf Lane and then on to Norton Covert were we had begun the walk. Highlight birds were Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Yellowhammer, Green Woodpecker, Buzzard, Crow, Magpie, Jackdaw, Bullfinch (3), Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Wren, Blackbird and Dunnock. Woodpigeon and Black-headed Gulls were in abundance in and around the fields. It was heavy going in the muddy conditions but we enjoyed our walk and were pleased that we took the long and not the short route!
An afternoon visit to Arley was a delight and the musical accompaniment made for a good atmosphere! The music was emanating from the Severn Valley Railway as they were running their Santa Specials! It was nice sitting outside at the Cafe and listening to the band playing Christmas songs and Carols whilst watching the world go by. Apart from the usual Mallards on the slipway waiting to be fed the River was quiet but running well.
Highlight birds seen on the walk in order of appearance were Marsh Tit, Coal Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Little Grebe, Robin, Kestrel, Blue Tit, Blackbird, Moorhen, Long-tailed Tits, Pied Wagtail, Mistle Thrush with Siskin and Nuthatch heard only.
Well the world did not end at 11.11am so a ride to Eyemore Wood and Trimpley Reservoir was partaken in the afternoon. Not a lot of birds to be seen in all honestly apart from a Song Thrush, Greenfinch, Buzzard, Great Crested Grebe, Mallard, Coot, Tufted Duck, Grey Heron and Cormorant, all lovely to see but the icing on the Christmas cake were the 9 Goosander on the lower Reservoir and the 11 Mandarin Ducks on the River! Eyemore Wood was very quiet with just a couple of Coal Tits seen. On the way home a short visit to Bodenham Arboretum was made and a cuppa and slice of Coffee & Walnut cake was most enjoyable and ended a productive afternoon!
I wish you all a Merry Christmas, enjoy!
A Reindeer for Christmas
Dear Santa, this Christmas my list is quite small.
In fact, I need practically nothing at all.
My list is so short and so easy to read
because there's just one thing I actually need.
A reindeer for Christmas is all I require;
a reindeer, of course, who's an excellent flier.
I really don't care if it's Dasher or Dancer.
I'm okay with Cupid or Comet or Prancer.
Please don't think I'm greedy; I only want one.
You won't even miss him, and I'll have such fun.
I promise I'll feed him and treat him just right,
and take him out flying around every night.
You see, I'm not selfish. So, for my surprise
please bring me a reindeer that flies.
But if my request is a bit much for you,
I guess that an iPod will just have to do.