Tuesday 05 January – Pensford

Twelve members met on a dry overcast morning. From the car park on the adjoining field were some Common and Herring Gulls accompanied by two Mistle Thrushes. A Song Thrush was calling nearby with Blue, Great Tits and a Cormorant flew overhead. As we made our way through the village it was very satisfying to find a great number of House Sparrows. Into our first field it became very evident that the ground would be very muddy and so it proved – all the way round. A Goldcrest was seen by a number of people, and then a single Redwing on a bush was seen by most people – eventually. Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Coal Tit were noted in an isolated tree, and later a Buzzard sitting in another tree giving everyone good views, with, close by, a flock of Fieldfares behind, on other trees. At our coffee stop a flight of 40/50 Lapwings was seen at a distance. At Nutgrove Farm a lone Pied Wagtail was spied on an old field roller, and a Jay, a Nuthatch, and two Raven were seen at Compton Common. The River Chew only gave us Moorhen and Mallard and at Publow Church a flock of Long-tailed Tits flitting around the trees, where finally a lone Treecreeper was noted making its way from tree to tree by the river. We also saw Robins and Blackbirds all the way round. A total of 35 species seen and heard. (Thanks for leading Geoff). Geoff Harris