Tuesday 07 November – Between Chew and Blagdon Lakes Leaders; Sue and John Prince

25 birders met at Heron’s Green in fine and sunny weather. The usual Mute Swans, Coots, Canada Geese, Great Crested Grebes, and ducks (Mallard, Wigeon, Teal, Tufted, and Pochard) were present. Little Grebe and Cetti’s Warbler called from Heron’s Pool. As we started up Breach Hill a Green Woodpecker called, and later we saw a Great Spotted Woodpecker. Pied Wagtails, Chaffinches, and a few Redwings were spotted as well as five Mistle Thrushes and a Fieldfare. At the coffee stop sweets were handed out to mark 25 years of Tuesday walks for the Princes. At Ubley Hatchery we had good views of a Buzzard, and heard Siskins. Tree surgeons had closed the lane but John persuaded them to let us through, saving a long detour. The final mile was quiet with just a Chiffchaff ‘wheeting’. In all we had 42 species and saw some lovely autumn colours.
(Thanks to Sue and John for many years of leading). Sue Prince