Tuesday 11 October – Priddy Leader: Graham Blacker

On a beautiful autumn morning 17 members assembled on Priddy Green. Graham led us up to the church and through the churchyard to Nine Barrow Lane. We then took a footpath over fields to East Water Lane. Here Nick organised a photograph of the group as one had been taken at the same spot some years earlier. The bird list was slowly rising although the most numerous were Rooks and Crows. At the lane we were treated to a sighting of a Clouded Yellow as we had our morning break. Then along the lane which was muddy in places and across fields south of the Priddy Nine Barrows. Here we got good sightings of Kestrel, Sparrowhawk, Skylark, Stonechat and Meadow Pipit. We passed The Mineries and headed back to the road where a couple of Mistle Thrushes were feeding in the field opposite. The last stretch was over fields back to Priddy Green one of which had a herd of cows. In total 33 species were recorded including Stock Dove, Great Spotted and Green Woodpecker, Raven, Nuthatch and Treecreeper. Many thanks to Graham for leading a lovely walk with many interesting stiles. Beth Yates