Tuesday 11 December 2018 – Between Chew and Blagdon Lakes Leaders: Sue and John Prince

Twenty-one birders met at Herons Green on a cool but fine winter’s morning. Water levels are now higher. Two
Goosanders were present along with all the usual ducks, swans and geese. On a patch of mud by the reed bed
two Black-tailed Godwits, two Grey Herons and several Cormorants were observed through the telescopes. We
followed the lanes up to Breach Hill Common. There were several flocks of Redwings some of which flew over our
heads. A Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen along with the usual small birds, Robin, Dunnock, Wren,
Blackbird, and Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits. At the coffee stop Nuthatch was heard and Jackie saw a pair of
Bullfinches and later everyone got a view of these lovely birds further along the walk. Three Common Buzzards
were close over the field. A Goldcrest was heard. Pied Wagtail and Meadow Pipit helped to bring the total to fiftyfour species. It was a lovely walk with fine countryside views that was enjoyed by all. (Thanks to Sue and John
Prince for leading.) Sue Prince