The Walk took place on the morning of 25 April, a warm sunny day following three weeks of almost continuous similar weather. The following 31 species were recorded – seven more than on last year’s Spring Walk. The most notable absences were Swallow and House Martin, though sightings of individual birds of these species had been made in the village over the previous two weeks.

Red-legged Partridge (C)

Pheasant (B)

Buzzard (A,C)

Red Kite (A,C)

Lapwing (C: three or possibly four, moving around across several fields and calling and ‘tumbling’)

Woodpigeon (A,B,C)

Great-spotted Woodpecker (B)

Skylark (C)

Wren (B,C)

Dunnock (A)

Robin (B)

Blackbird (A,B,C)

Song Thrush (B)

Whitethroat (A)

Blackcap (A,B,C: noticeably numerous this year)

Chiffchaff (C,B)

Long-tailed Tit (C)

Coal Tit (C)

Blue Tit (A,C)

Great Tit (A,B,C)

Nuthatch (B)

Magpie (A,C)

Jackdaw (A,B,C)

Rook (C: including a small flock circling over the fields)

Carrion Crow (A,B)

Starling (A)

House Sparrow (A)

Chaffinch (A,C)

Goldfinch (A)

Bullfinch (B)

Yellowhammer (C)