Tuesday 07 September – Easton-in-Gordano Leader: Judy Copeland

This was a hot day – 27C approximately!  We made for what shade we could find, including a large patch for the coffee break when I handed out cake in memory of Peter Holbrook who used to produce delicious chocolate brownies for his walks.  We started off from the village spotting Starlings on the church tower, House Martins in the distance, and progressed through a family of Long-tailed Tits at the entrance to the wood to a final list of 30 species, seen or heard by Alan but not all of us by any means.  Many Robins were heard (twelve were counted), and at one point a Wren sang well.  In the wood, a Great Spotted, and later a Green Woodpecker, and over the fields Buzzard, Raven and Sparrowhawk.  On the garden feeders at the bottom of Sandy Lane a collection of tits and a Chaffinch, then a party of gulls on a distant field was spotted, only visible to the less tall among us when we progressed up the hill.  Close to the gulls was a Buzzard sitting in a tree.    Blackcap, Goldcrest and Treecreeper were seen or heard, several Jays seen, and a Grey Heron flew over.  During the steep climb up through the second wood towards Failand House Coal Tits were heard and the new bridge constructed a few days earlier by National Trust volunteers was admired.  Then the long walk back. (Thanks to Judy for leading.)   Judy Copeland