Just a few notes on some of the walks I have been on and some of the birds seen.
18th January – Walking from Allerford, up Allerford Combe then down Holnicote Combe, a visit to Mitchem’s Seat and back to Allerford.
Only the usual suspects but an enjoyable walk.
21st Jan – walking from Hopcott, to Marsh Cross, along Knowle Lane and back up to Hole’s Corner.
Highlight was a male Bullfinch in Knowle Lane. Various birds seen including a Buzzard that actually called, lots of Herring Gulls in the fields along Knowle Lane. Heard Raven, Great Spotted Woodpeckers, several Jays and a Mistle Thrush. Robins & Blackbirds singing and Great Tit calling “Teacher”.
22nd January – Dunster Beach area
Nearly high tide but not many birds around. Usual Gulls, Pied Wagtails, Oysterctachers, Meadow Pipits, Cormorant, 10 Turnstones and a Dipper (in the R Avill culvert). In the farm fields (no sheep today) Little Egrets, Curlew, Widgeon, more Oystercatchers and Starlings. Pheasants in the farm yard. The usual Rooks around the Rookery plus Crows, Jackdaws and Magpies.
23rd Jan – Allerford, across to St Agnes Fountain then St Katherine’s Well and back via Holnicote, Allerford & Lynch Combes.
Beautiful day, sunny and sheltered in the Combes. Not a lot about although there is more bird song. Ravens and small flocks of Goldfinches and Long Tailed Tits seen and a Great Spotted Woodpecker heard.
Grey Wagtail visited my garden this morning.