Friday's Manor Farm Walk

Common Kestrel (cropped photo)
Common Kestrel (cropped photo)
A bit late in posting, sorry, but Friday's walk wasn't the longest or most earth shattering and I needed some rest before my night shifts so just didn't find the time. Friday after dropping the little lady at school the sun was out and giving a stunning golden light still, so I headed out to the patch for what turned out to only be a short walk in the sun.

Old Locks


The first thing I noticed on my walk was the amount of Skylarks passing over I got well into double figures (putting the number around 20 in around an hours walk, but may well have been more) they seemed to be in a constant stream, but they were inter mixed with a few finches as well, I counted a few Chaffinches and a couple of Linnets before getting yet another new bird in the form of a Lesser Redpoll (I think Lesser, but I get a little confused with the names these days, the one we used to just call Redpoll!).

The Old Lock - Wolverton Mill, Milton Keynes
The Old Lock - Wolverton Mill, Milton Keynes


Unfortunately apart form a couple of Chiffchaff and the odd Goldcrest there wasn't much else of note hanging around the locks, so I headed up river (towards Stony Stratford), and then home, a rather short walk if I'm honest, but I'll get back on track next week.

Magpie - Wolverton Mill, Milton Keynes
Magpie - Wolverton Mill, Milton Keynes


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6 comments:

  1. Lovely shot of the kestrel soaring.

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    1. Thank you it is quite cropped, as the bird moved away rather than over me (typically).

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  2. Just started exploring the Manor Farm area for the first time today 18/10/14. Parked off the Haversham Rd, walked under the railway viaduct then took the first bridge to the right. Looked across the scrapes and walked around till I was in front of the caravans of Cosgrove. Is this the best route to take please? Nothing much to report but had a nice view of a male Stonechat who posed nicely for me atop a windy bush.

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    1. No, if instead of turning right after the viaduct you had continued straight on that takes you to the better viewing side for the pits at the moment (not sure where will be best when the hides etc. are up), there are two gated bridges that if you approach with caution you will get much better views of the scrape from. The one the viaduct end is the one you are most likely to scare birds from.

      Stone chats are far from common down there, I've only seen one so far, so be interested to know where you saw yours :)

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  3. Thanks, saw the Stonechat on a bush behind the fence of the reserve
    opposite the caravans of Cosgrove Park. Will try your route today:]

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    1. thanks, I hope it is hanging around, at least till tomorrow :) Good luck today

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