Under a grey sky and urged on by a chilly breeze, a dozen or so souls set off, with Paul Beard in the lead, for the April walk. There was little call for lingering, at least until the fields had been crossed to the shelter of the woods at Clattercoates Farm. Highoredish was shunned in favour of the calmer airs of White Carr Lane, then along the hedges to Carr Lane and into Brackenfield amid tantalising glimpses of sunshine. The return to the car park was made via the church and west bank of the reservoir.
Despite the less than spring-like morning a decent count of 55 species was obtained, with many a Chiffchaff ‘finding it’s voice’ along the way:
Barn Swallow, Blackbird, Black-headed Gull, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Canada Goose, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Collared Dove, Common Buzzard, Common Gull, Coot, Cormorant, Dunnock, Gadwall, Goldcrest, Goldeneye, Goldfinch, Great Crested Grebe, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Greenfinch, Grey Heron, Greylag Goose, House Sparrow, Jackdaw, Jay, Kestrel, Lapwing, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Long-tailed Tit, Magpie, Mallard, Mistle Thrush, Moorhen, Nuthatch, Oystercatcher, Pheasant, Pied Wagtail, Redwing, Reed Bunting, Robin, Rook, Snipe, Song Thrush, Starling, Stock Dove, Teal, Treecreeper, Tufted Duck, Woodpigeon, Wren, Yellowhammer.
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