• Black-winged Stilt - Paul Bowerman
    Black-winged Stilt - Paul Bowerman

Trip Reports

  • Tuesday 29 March – Castle Combe Leader: Geoff Hardman Tuesday March 29th, 2022

    There was a healthy turnout of 20 birders, keen to enjoy a nice Spring day. The group had a pleasant walk
    across fields, spotting Redwing as we went, and down through the almost impossibly picturesque village. We
    paused at the bridge over the brook where we heard a distant Nuthatch calling. There was plenty of birdsong in
    the trees around us, plus the yaffling of Green Woodpecker echoing around, Buzzards mewing overhead and
    Great Spotted Woodpeckers drumming in the distance. Smaller birds of note were numerous Chiffchaff calling, a
    Goldcrest flitting around bare branches, several Greenfinch and a Treecreeper giving good views to a lucky few.
    Looking down, we saw Violets, lots of Lesser Celandine, plenty of Wild Garlic coming into leaf and the occasional
    early Bluebell just starting to flower. The small pool at Kent’s Bottom yielded some water birds, including a gaggle
    of Canada Geese, and also a flock of Linnet feeding in a field of Sunflowers beyond. The closing section was
    along quiet lanes through farmland. Here we saw a couple of Red Kite, a large mixed flock of Fieldfare, Redwing
    and Starling, plus Stock Doves feeding amongst a group of Common Gull, with a flyover Meadow Pipit
    conveniently calling. The last significant bird of the day was a beautiful Yellowhammer, very obligingly singing
    from the top of a nearby hedge. Our total was 45 species. Thanks to Geoff for leading, to Alan Daniells for
    keeping the records, and to all present for their great company. Tim Fell

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