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Walks W/C 3rd May

4th May – Nutcombe Bottom to Bats Castle

Very windy day and with a walking group, so nothing or interest seen or heard.

6th May – Nutcombe Bottom around Whits Wood

Another quiet day, not even a Cuckoo.

7th May – Nutcombe Bottom to Bats Castle again

Heard then saw a Wood Warbler, a very vocal Cuckoo mainly when we were in the wooded area so no chance of seeing it.

On the open ground near Bats Castle a pair of Mistle Thrushes collecting food.  Also Stonechat seen and then lower in the valley a male Grey Wagtail (males have a black bib in the breeding season).  Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers heard but it was windy at times which made listening for the bird calls difficult.

8th May – Carhampton to Deer Park & return via Horse Pond.

Lots of Swallows over a mown field.  Song Thrushes singing all over the place, also Chiffchaffs.   A Raven called overhead and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was heard in the distance.

Saw 3 small herds of Red Deer perhaps 22 in all.