12 of us set off on a beautiful sunny morning, along the West Bank, through Brackenfield, down to the Amber, over the railway (unusually quiet due to strike action), through the fishing lakes and across the fields and back.
Species seen –
Lesser Black-backed Gull, Lapwing, Redshank, Dunnock, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Mallard, Coot, Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, Reed Bunting, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Magpie, Blackbird, House Sparrow, Goldfinch, Black-headed Gull, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Oystercatcher, Wren, Chaffinch, Swift, Swallow, Carrion Crow, Wood Pigeon, Cormorant, Pied Wagtail, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Stock Dove, Robin, Linnet, Jay, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw
Nothing outstanding birdwise but the hedgerows and meadows were at the finest, full of still fresh Hawthorn blossom and buttercups.
40 species in all