Tuesday 13 September- Backwell Lake Leaders: Sue and John Prince

This walk was a new variation on our usual Backwell Lake walk. We first circuited the lake itself where we saw two dabchicks, two Cormorants, two Grey Herons, and two Little Egrets. A male Gadwall was with the Mallards, most of them in eclipse plumage. A Cetti’s Warbler sang briefly and a Great Spotted Woodpecker called. Across Station Road we found broken freshwater mussel shells (the work of an otter?) in the field. On the East side of Nailsea is a wide grassy area by the River Kenn. A Blackbird came near us on the path and a Green Woodpecker yaffled. Along the river we enjoyed views of Wraxall Church, Tyntesfield, and Watercress farm, but few birds! A group of 200 Starlings sat catering on wires at Backwell Common. Other birds seen included four Collared Doves, Woodpigeon, Goldfinch, a Greenfinch, and a flock of Linnet. A total of 28 species, the 19 walkers had enjoyed a pleasant walk despite some drizzle (thanks to Sue and John for leading). Sue Prince