More about my walks :
15th Feb – Dunster Beach path to Blue Anchor
Better weather today so a short walk along the footpath – flooding has subsided. Heard and saw my first Skylark, singing way up high. Stonechats, lots of Dunnocks, and in the River Avill run off was at least 1 Dipper and a Grey Wagtail. Tide was well out. Did not see any ducks or waders but I did not go to the ponds or the farm fields.
17th Feb – Allerford taking in St Agnes Fountain, Holnicote Combe, St Katherine’s Well and Lynch Combe.
Started to rain just after I started so not much in the way of birds. Lovely drift of Snowdrops just after crossing the river by Stoates Farm. However I had good views of a Goldcrest, a Wren put in an appearance and then a small flock on Goldfinches just at the end. A number of Song Thrushes were singing although not seen.
18th FEB – Conygar Tower circuit and Dunster Castle fields by river.
Alternating between wet, windy & cold and sunny. Some celandines are in flower in the woods.
Green Woodpecker very vocal throughout the whole walk, although not seen. The Rooks are gathering around their nests, with the usual accompanying noise. Pair (possibly) of Great Spotted Woodpeckers flew into a nearby tree, one staying for several minutes. Blue Tit and Great Tit, Chaffinch, Redwing, Buzzard, Raven, Pied Wagtail all seen.
Lots more song around, Song Thrush, Great Tit and Chaffinch in particular. Also heard a Jay.
Nothing seen along river section today.
19th & 20th – Rain stop play.