The Bird Walk took place on the morning of 15 January, a grey and windy day. Eleven people participated, and the following 25 species were recorded. This was the same number as on the 2010 Winter Walk. Five species seen the previous year – Heron, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Redwing, Starling, and Goldfinch – were not seen this time, but in their place five new species were recorded: Pheasant, Tawny Owl, Dunnock, Wren, Pied Wagtail, and Redpoll. The highlight was the discovery towards the end of the walk of a flock of Redpolls feeding high in the trees (in particular the Ashes) at the western edge of Dean Wood. Numbers were difficult to estimate – probably between 20 and 40. It was assumed that this was the flock of unidentified finches that had been seen flying over near Dean Farm earlier on the walk.

Pheasant (B)

Common Gull (A – flying over the wood)

Black-headed Gull (B)

Red Kite (A, B, C)

Buzzard (B, C)

Woodpigeon (A, C)

Tawny Owl (B – heard calling from the wood)

Robin (A)

Wren (C)

Blackbird (A, B, C)

Fieldfare (A)

Dunnock (C)

Pied Wagtail (A)

Blue Tit (A, B, C)

Great Tit (A, C)

Nuthatch (B)

Magpie (B)

Jay (A)

Carrion Crow (A, B, C)

Jackdaw (A)

Rook (A)

House Sparrow (A)

Chaffinch (A)

Greenfinch (A)

Redpoll (B, C)

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