Tuesday 30 January – Uphill/Walborough AWT. Leader: Colin Hawkins

It was a very cold day with a biting northerly wind when our group of 22 gathered on the beach to scan the shoreline and local area. We soon spotted Shelduck, Dunlin and Oystercatchers with a lone Sanderling, pale silver and white, scurrying along the shoreline with the gulls. When the icy wind became too much we headed back along the road and took the path past the yacht club where we heard and saw Dunnock and Robin singing. From the hill we scanned the flatlands below to see over 30 swans, with one egret among them. More exciting was the appearance of two Peregrine Falcons skimming low over the grass and resting on the distant fence posts. Our path wound past a field of stubble where we watched a flock of very busy Chaffinches, some Reed Buntings among them. A flock of Fieldfares and Redwings flew over and at the far end a flock of more than 500 Lapwings took to the sky in a fantastic display. On our return path we kept closer to the creek and saw a few Skylarks soaring upwards, Stonechat perching on the reeds, Teal and Redshank in the water, Meadow Pipits in the field and a Rock Pipit on the bank. On reaching the cars a Raven flew over with its honking call. An excellent walk with a total of 46 species recorded by Alan. (Thanks to Colin for leading.) Di Bunniss