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Later in the day I took a trip across to the Neal Trust BOS reserve near Kineton, where I spent a couple of hours in the shelter of the small valley. Highlights included a woodcock, pair of marsh tits and the two Exmoor ponies grazing the butterfly meadow.
I also called into Balscote Quarry BOS reserve, where lapwings are back on territory. One bird was showing some nest "making" behaviour, shuffling around low in the crop behind the reserve. A flock of teal, drakes in fine breeding plumage, were calling as they swirled around in a small flock on the back pool. A couple of long-tailed tits bravely attempted to feed alongside a male great spotted woodpecker, but he was having none if it and gave them a quick jab with his bill to ward them off.
|great spotted woodpecker and long-tailed tit|