Tuesday 20 February – Watercress Farm Leader: Alastair Fraser

On a rare dry day 66 members turned up to find the leader was sporting wellies. The recent rain resulted in a lot of mud. Watercress Farm has rewilding and rewetting projects and the latter appears to be going very well. Before we set off a Red Kite flew over, which was a good start. The group turned into a crocodile of birders which over the morning recorded 41 species. Apart from the Red Kite, the group also saw Buzzard, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk. Redwing and Fieldfare were spotted along with Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush and Jay. A Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen and a Green Woodpecker that merged with the grass and was very difficult to see. Of the smaller species there were Linnet, Bullfinch and Siskin but, sadly, no Yellowhammer. Many thanks to
Alastair for leading this very popular and interesting walk. I’m informed the 66 birders was a record attendance for the BOC. Beth Yates