Tuesday 22 July – Easton-in-Gordano

 Never have I led a walk in such hot sunny conditions – ten people survived the course, seven went back before “the extra bit”. We started off with Herring Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Greenfinch, Wood Pigeon and a family of eight Long-tailed Tits. These were in a tree at Glebe Pond, where we stopped to look for dragonflies, seeing either a Four-spotted or a Broad-bodied Chaser and some Azure Damselflies. (As here, each bit of shade was crowded into by the group to get away from the sun.) We had our first Buzzard as we walked up the fields, and later on our return saw a white blob on a distant telegraph pole, which I identified as Blondy, another of “Robin’s Buzzard’s”- a very pale individual. To our delight she flew right over us giving a superb view of her pale face and wings in the sunshine. Just after coffee break, Elaine spotted not one but two Peregrines soaring high and some of the group witnessed a food pass between them. Brilliant! We saw 14 Crows adorning another telegraph pole, a Pied Wagtail feeding on the grass near some cows, and a lone Linnet on a bare twig. Swallow and House Martin were noted, but Swifts seemed to have left the previous day. Otherwise, many of the species were just heard, including Stock Dove, Green Woodpecker, Coal Tit, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Wren, Nuthatch and Blackbird. The butterflies made up the numbers, at least nine species being noted. Nick’s total species count was 33, though most of us saw less than that! Judy Copeland