Tuesday 14 November – Easton in Gordano Leader: Judy Copeland

Heavy rain was forecast but we were undeterred. Our small group of eight set off and in the first field we quickly spotted a large mixed flock of Goldfinches and Chaffinches, twelve Collared Doves all settled in one tree, two Greenfinches, Blackbird, Crow and Jackdaw. A female Great Spotted Woodpecker was perched high on a tree. An excellent start. Squelching onwards the next field provided Green Woodpecker, Blue Tit, Great Tit and Robin. A large flock of Redwings flew over with Fieldfares among them. The Skylark field was a delight with many Skylarks soaring above and singing, even in the rain. We were all rather sodden but fortunately found shelter in an old barn where we could wait out the worst of the storm and enjoy our coffee. The further fields provided more sightings of Skylark, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch and Linnet. The rain finally stopped at midday, the sun came out and we could return to the start under blue skies while enjoying views over towards Bristol and Avonmouth. It was a lovely walk despite the rain, with a good tally of 25 species seen. Thanks to Judy for leading and Nick for keeping a bird count. Di Bunniss