Tuesday 04 July – Stockhill Woods Leader: Graham Blacker

Despite the threatening weather 18 optimistic members arrived at Stockhill Woods. Before leaving the car park some eagle-eyed birders had spotted a small flock which included Goldcrest. We then set off over the Mineries in search of Tree Pipit which disappointingly never materialised. We passed two caving clubs (Shepton Mallet CC and the Bristol Exploration Club) and then headed slowly back passing Fair Lady Well. Slowly the bird count increased, a highlight being a parent Reed Warbler feeding its young. It was also great to see a family of Stonechats as well as Nuthatch and Siskin. We arrived back at the car park a little after noon and therefore spent some time in the woods. A total of 32 species were seen or heard including Sparrowhawk, Red Kite and a wonderful flypast by a Barn Owl. We are also able to identify a number of butterflies and moths. Thank you to Graham for a great morning without any noticeable rain. Beth Yates