Farley Mount

by A warbler a day

I spent the afternoon at Farley Mount Country Park in the hills west of Winchester. For much of the walk it was quiet as well as cold. It seemed that there were no birds at all in the extensive woodland apart from the odd Blackbird and Great Tit. It wasn’t until I got to the scrubland near the monument that gives the park its name that it got interesting. First a soft ‘peu’ call alerted me to the presence of Bullfinch and it did not take long to spot the handsome rose-pink male. A few minutes later i spotted a flock of 40-50 Linnets feeding on the ploughed field next to the monument. Finally the walk back to the car park along the ridge brought views of a Marsh Tit feeding with a flock of Long-tailed Tits.