Tuesday 13 February – Pensford Leaders: Alan Craddock and Mike Landen

Thirteen of us met up at Pensford on an overcast morning, although it was quite mild for this time of year. Shortly after the start we heard and then had a good view of a Song Thrush. As we passed through the village, we saw a Collared Dove and a number of House Sparrows. Crossing the fields we found a Dunnock, some Canada Geese as well as Black-headed and Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Approaching a pond, we could hear the sound of Teal and eventually everyone got reasonable views of at least some of the seven birds. At the first very muddy section which we all negotiated successfully we then added Chaffinch, Goldcrest and Coal Tit to our list. We noticed
some activity at the far side of a large field and estimated that there were about 70 Redwings feeding on the ground. There was also a single Fieldfare. We entered Lord’s Wood and saw a Raven, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Jay, Buzzard and heard a Wren. Further on there was a flock of about 35 Linnets and a Pied/White Wagtail closely followed by a Grey Wagtail. A couple of Greenfinches and a Mistle Thrush were seen. We had a nice view of a Green Woodpecker and as we approached Publow we had about 35 Siskins feeding in a conifer. This was probably the highlight as they looked quite spectacular as they flew in a tightly bunched flock. This was a
really enjoyable walk. We had a creditable total of 43 species. Thanks to Alan and Mike for co-leading and to Nick Hawkridge and Alan Daniells for the species list. Mike Landen