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February 2015

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Male greenfinch perched on rhododendron bush

WINNALS WALK

We have been emailing members to remind them about Indoor Meetings and Walks and it seems to have paid off as we have had decent numbers turning up for the meetings and the walks. This morning fifteen people came for the walk around Winnals which was a pleasant surprise as the one last February netted all of three people, one of whom was the walks leader. The weather first thing this morning was cold and foggy. "Be lucky to see anything today", I grumbled to my husband. But within half an hour, the mist had lifted, the sun came out and the layers came off - it became a lovely day.

Although this is a regular birding spot for Andy Warr who led the walk, it was new to the rest of us and the more enjoyable for that. We were greeted at the parking spot by several roe deer looking enquiringly at us. The birding was good too and when a lark rose into the sky to begin its song, it felt as if summer had already arrived. The stubble fields produced many fieldfares, a few redwings, linnets and meadow pipits; the hedgerows yellowhammer, sparrowhawk, reed bunting and the trees held the usual array of tits - blue, great, coal, long-tailed as well as treecreeper, jay, green and great spot woodpeckers and the finches - green, gold, chaff and bull. Best sighting for me was two pairs of mandarin ducks glimpsed with difficulty through a tangle of branches as they played hide and seek on the water.

If you've never been on one of our walks, give it a try and see what you've been missing. Or, if you have a favourite birding spot that you would like to share with the Group, contact Vanessa who would be pleased to hear from you. Her number is 07771848700 or talk to her at and Indoor Meeting.

Frances Evans