There were 11 of us, including several people I hadn't seen before joining us from other DBWPS branches. It was an amazing morning. We took nearly 3 hours to walk less than a mile! We walked along a footpath in front of Challacombe Cottages & back along the road & saw 34 species. The first bird of the day was a Hobby that flew slowly over the car park as we were getting ready. A Redpoll made a very brief appearance & was followed swiftly by a beautiful male Redstart. We then had a pair of Garden Warblers, one carrying nesting material. They provided lots of excellent views, circling around us through the bushes & trees. We even had a brief wing-quivering display.
|Watching Garden Warblers|
|A couple of Reed Buntings were using the pond|
We went back to the cars for lunch & whilst we were eating a Cuckoo flew by! Very nice! We then headed onto Challacombe Down, some of us taking the high route whilst some took the low (there could be a song in there somewhere!).
|Lovely views...and the weather wasn't bad either|
|The splinter groups converge|
|The Tree Pipit tree is just visible in the centre on the skyline|
|Heading back having added 11 species....|