Report on the Walk:
We got 31 bird species this year ! Notable was a fly-over Peregrine in the woods, it had missing feathers from right inner primaries.
We also found Sparrowhawk and Kestrel. We often get an odd Reed Bunting on the moor, but this time there were several groups around 4 to 8 and up to 15; both sexes.
Previous years totals were 2014 – 18 species, 2015 – 21, 2016 – 26. Interesting how it’s going up each year.
Unfortunately we didn’t see any flowering plants, but there was one very fine Soft Shield Fern I’d not noticed before.
We also saw a very relaxed herd of six Roe Deer, all does except one buck with his antlers still in velvet.
Number of walkers – very variable, infections and early rain bringing us down to three today !