Bellever Walk, Tuesday 7 July

Nine of us met for this walk, and we were fortunate with the weather – there had been some torrential rain just prior to the walk, but for the rest of the day we remained dry and even had some sunshine at lunchtime.

 We spent the morning walking around the car park area and along the river bank, and before we left the car park we had seen, amongst others, Treecreepers chasing each other round a tree, young Redstart, young Mistle Thrush being fed by a parent and heard Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler.  As we walked along we saw quite numerous Grey Wagtails, including young from several different families, and the same could be said for Stonechats; there were House Martins about and a few Swallows.  We only had a fleeting glimpse of Dipper, and also Sparrowhawk, Buzzard and one Swift, but it was nice to see them.

Stonechat Bellever 7.7.15 Tom WallisTom Wallis

 The sun came out at lunchtime as we all sat for a picnic lunch back near the car park, and we were delighted by the activity amongst the trees around us, with Mistle Thrush, Treecreepers, Robins, Wagtails, Nuthatch, Jay, Song Thrush, Wren, Goldcrest, Chaffinch, Coal Tits etc, and amongst all these were quite a few juvenile birds.

 In the afternoon we took a stroll around some woodland tracks and along to the old farm buildings.  One side of the first track had been cleared and we had superb views of Spotted Flycatchers particularly.  As we walked on we spotted Bullfinch, Blackcap, young Dunnock and more Spotted Flycatchers.

Mary Wallis