Tuesday 06 February – Northend, Bath Leader: Robert Hargreaves

Fifteen people met at Eagle Road in Northend village on a rather gloomy, windy day. As we set off through the village we heard the hooting Collared Doves. We commenced the long uphill slog to Little Solsbury Hill, to the sound of common small birds. After pausing to view a group of Redwings in distant trees we finally reached the top to be greeted by singing Skylarks; two obligingly dropped onto grass close by, we could see their identifying features. We were treated to wonderful views across Bath and beyond. Heading down the other side we found shelter for our coffee stop; then on down to a gateway – much improved but still very muddy. Ever downward
alongside hedgerows, down steep steps brought us to Chilcombe Bottom. Hedges here brought more Robins, Dunnocks and a small band of Long-tailed Tits; one Song Thrush, then another sang out across the valley. We reached a small wetland reserve; pretty boggy! The usual two Moorhens emerged from the reeds on the pool. Taking the slightly longer route back near a stream we felt the walk had not been full of birds, but as we arrived at the village suddenly the trees were full of finches, Greenfinch, Chaffinch and Goldfinch, a lovely sight. The walk, notable for its wonderful views, had given us 24 species and good aerobic exercise. Thanks to our leader Robert. Anne Crowe