Tuesday 04 May – South Stoke Leader Dave Body

Following the non-appearance of one person who shall remain anonymous, four members set off a little late for our walk. Bright sunshine and broken cloud were a complete contrast from the heavy rain and strong wind of the previous day. A Kestrel was soon spotted as we took in the view as we headed east. Dropping down to Tucking Mill, Robins, Wrens and Blackcaps were heard. At the lake the resident Grey Wagtail were soon spotted and on the far side a Little Grebe. Climbing up to the railway path we were soon rewarded for our efforts with not one but three Buzzards. Further on a bird was heard in a nearby bush and after some discussion was agreed to be a Blackcap. At the old Midford Station we were entertained by a Song Thrush during out coffee break. Walking alongside the old Coal Canal, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff and Pheasant were heard and a pair of Song Thrush seen. Passing several locks of the old Somerset Coal Canal, we climbed the steep fields back to South Stoke, spotting the same Kestrel seen earlier. Sadly, no orchids to admire but lots of Cowslips. 24 species were mainly heard but some seen. (Thanks to Dave for leading) Dave Body