Thurlestone Walks

Kestrel © Keith McGinn, 11/4/2016, shaldon

 Just a brief note to say thank you to the people who came on the two Thurlestone walks, over forty in all.  We saw a good range of birds on both occasions, with clear identification of 30 on the January walk and 37 on 19th of February, on top of which we had good weather! We had great views of the Desert Wheatear, which is now acquiring his breeding plumage and according to local reports is beginning to sing.  There were also good viewings of a Water Pipit, several Snipe, Cattle Egrets and two White-fronted geese on South Huish Marsh and a female Black Redstart on the rocks by the flats.  Another highlight was the wonderful views of a Kestrel, on the 19th, who most obligingly hovered a few feet above us, giving many people a chance to take photographs.

From some of the feedback that we gathered on both days a lot of people enjoyed meeting, talking and sharing their knowledge with each other, therefore if people feel it would be of interest maybe it would be worthwhile organising similar informal events. Valerie and I have some ideas of walks that we may like to organise, but if anyone else has suggestions on where they would like to explore, please let us know.

Again, many thanks to everyone who joined us, and also considerable thanks to Mike Passman for his local knowledge and advice, and to those members who helped in January.

Shaw and Valerie Edwards –