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Jan
13

Larking Around

The sun brought the promise of a change in the weather on Saturday. As I turned from shutting the garden gate a large flock of Skylarks took flight from the field opposite. I made a quick guess there were around 250 of them and despite carefully looking none appeared to be short tailed … but they were marvellous to see.

It was later in the day that I received a text from Simon to say he’d seen a probable Woodlark around 500 metres north of Falcon Cottage. It didn’t take me long to get there and an even shorter time for us both to establish it was indeed a Woodlark. It was scratting around among short scrub at the edge of the plough. Shortly after I got there it lifted up and showed a short tail as it gave classic calls flying west over my head, to be re-found later by Andy at Toll’s Hill.

I wonder if this is the same returning bird that spent a few weeks with us last winter or maybe the area just looks right for a stop-off if you’re a passing Woodlark.

Woodlark

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