It was a grey afternoon with a promise of sun later. I needed a walk and Staines Moor is still one of my favourites.
I was slightly perturbed when I arrived to find about 20 horses and 40 bullocks in my path. I suppose it is common land.... When I had passed the livestock and crossed the river, a pair of Shelduck arrived.
Then I realised that significant numbers of Sand Martins were flitting up and down the river catching insects.
And further along the river, there were Swallows too.
As always, the Pipits were working the river bank, ably assisted by Pied Wagtails, Reed Buntings, ....
... and a Heron.