The first Sunday bird walk of 2019 saw Brian lead a party of 12 LymNats from Maiden Lane on a morning with light cloud and a gentle breeze. On entering Normandy Lane the party was immediately challenged by a very vocal male Nuthatch giving loud piping and trilling calls from a tree top.
© Richard Coomber
In the field between Normandy Lane and the Yacht Haven, south of the Pinckney Path at least two Redwings foraged on the ground with numerous Blackbirds and Robins. Others noted on this section were a fly-over Common Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Long-tailed Tit.
© Chris Robinson
The seawall around Normandy Marsh was even busier than usual with the annual flounder competition taking place. The bird life appeared to be completely oblivious to all this activity. A potential - and likely to be unpopular with the anglers - winner of the flounder competition made a brief appearance offshore in the shape of a Common Seal.
© Richard Smith
The final sighting was of c5 Little Grebe on Eight Acre Pond. There were a number of notable "absentees" (any raptors, various plovers, pipits etc.), but the total was still in excess of 50 species. BM