Nine members met at Tottiford Reservoir car park for the morning field meeting. Weather was overcast but fortunately we avoided the forecasted rain. Walking along the east side of Tottiford we were surprised how low the water level was. The other two reservoirs were also extremely low. We walked up to the Kennick dam and crossed over to the western side, up through the woodland and down to Tottiford reservoir next to the wooden shelter, along the western shore back to the car park for lunch. There were many stops on our way as we thought we heard Crossbills but we were unable to get sight of them. There was great interest in a tree beside the path which appeared to have a hornet’s nest near the top. One of the members who is a keen beekeeper will make the necessary enquiries due to the possibility of it being an Asian hornet.
Birds included Goosander, Tufted Duck, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Mistle Thrush, Treecreeper, Goldcrest, Bullfinch and Raven. Our total for Tottiford was 28.
Due to the weather we decided to give the exposed areas around Blackingstone Rock a miss and after lunch headed to Yarner for a short walk. We added five more birds to our list including Marsh Tit, Chaffinch, Siskin, Stonechat and Dartford warbler.
Next Field Meeting – Steps Bridge – Tuesday 21 March 0930 Annabelle Strickland