Trip report: Bristol City Centre (12 March 2013)

No rain this year on our urban walk – just snow! However, nothing daunted, nine, then ten and eventually a round dozen members turned up. We made our usual start crossing Pero’s Bridge from where we saw Herring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls. With low temperatures and a strong wind, we weren’t surprised at having to work hard at spotting any birds but the chocolate-coloured heads of Black-headed Gulls reminded us that the season is changing. In spite of exposed mud along the New Cut we didn’t find a Common Sandpiper this year or a Redshank, though we saw the latter later. A group of Starlings flew over us and a Kestrel (our only raptor of the day) put in an appearance. By now, even this hardy bunch of members decided that coffee inside the Create Centre was a good idea and we lingered long enough to take a look at the display of “found” plastics in the gallery. With the sun now out, such small birds as Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Dunnock lengthened our list and we started back towards the Centre adding Grey Heron and Jackdaw. More than half the party took up the offer of yet another coffee in our leader’s flat and enjoyed great views of the SS Great Britain and Harbourside. For the final three of the party, Brandon Hill produced only an extra couple of species: Great and Blue Tits, thus making the total tally 21. Thanks Margaret for: leading, your local knowledge, and that second coffee!