Field Reports

Wednesday 11 April  Church Norton and the Severals

Leader Tony Nevard

There was a strange, round, yellow object in the sky above us, as we gathered in the church car park. We couldn’t believe our luck, it was going to be sunny!
Passing through the churchyard, more luck, the church had been opened so we nipped in to see the beautiful stained glass window, designed by
M C Farrar-Bell in 1982. It depicts the local wildlife and includes, very lifelike, moles, stoats, foxes, a woodpecker, avocet and shelduck as well as the local flora. Well worth seeing.
Our leader had checked out the route the previous day and it was thought a ‘there and back walk’ along the harbourside was the best bet, as the farmland was SO wet! Spring, however, was well underway with violets and celandines about and bluebells beginning to flower. Straightaway, we saw 2 mute swans, a pair of black cap, a mallard on the church roof and a heron overhead.
Down by the harbour, with a glorious view - the sun sparkling on the water, we noted shelduck, great black-backed gull, curlew, a pair of Mediterranean gulls, great crested grebe, oyster catcher and lots of cormorant. In the field, near the hide, were blackbird, wood pigeon, pheasant, dunnock and a charm of goldfinch, as well as ewes with their lambs. Several bumble bees were spotted throughout the walk but no exact identification made!
Regaining the waterside, a peacock butterfly kindly posed for a photo. Other sightings were bar-tailed godwit or barwit (I learnt), a couple of herring gull, two grey plover, some displaying sandwich terns and (possibly) lesser black-backed gull. Brent geese flew over but try as we might, we couldn’t see a peregrine, although a pair of mute swans (the same ones as were in the field earlier?) performed a magnificent landing on the water in front of us
Our attention turned inland and we caught sight of swallows, greenfinch, a pair of long-tailed tit and were delighted by the linnets on the gorse. Heron, magpie and a kestrel were seen in the fields behind the evermoving shingle banks by the sea. A sky lark sang for us as we turned for home. Chiff chaff, blue tit and song thrush were heard during the morning but never actually spotted.
Many thanks to Tony Nevard for leading us (and arranging such glorious weather!) and for the jovial company of 8 Chi Nats members always willing to share their knowledge and offer views through telescopes. Enjoy the photos.

Gill Hance

Linnets - first one then two.

The famous window

Spotting the detail in the window   
The obliging peacock


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