Thornbury

Cam Long Down

18 members gathered in the car park beneath Cam Peak in misty conditions with very little wind and rather poor light, conditions which were to prevail for the entire walk and probably contributed to the fact that birds were not as abundant as usual on this walk.

The first bird, seen by many on arrival, was a Jay which flew into the woods behind the car park. Later it reappeared, perched bolt upright at the top of a tree beside the path, as we set off. Hardly the expected characteristics of a “shy and retiring” bird, which caused some difficulty in identification at first in the poor light.

The climb up to the top of the Longdown seems to get more “challenging” year by year but is always rewarded by the magnificent views, on the way, and from the top, and this year, despite the somewhat misty conditions, did not disappoint. The carpets of bluebells and primroses were as usual a major attraction. An elusive, but very vocal, Song Thrush entertained us as we made our way along the top. After a brief stop for refreshments at the end of the Longdown, during which we had a couple of fly pasts by the resident Ravens, before we descended by the path to the south side of the Longdown.
Along the way Tufted Duck, Moorhen, Coot, Greylag and Mallard were spotted on the ponds beneath, and various birds, including Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Chiffchaff, Dunnock, Nuthatch and towards the end, perhaps the star, a Green Woodpecker perched, briefly, close to us beside the track.

In all our walk yielded 22 species, less than previous years, but which, in view of the somewhat less than ideal bird watching conditions, could be regarded as quite reasonable, and I hope that everyone had a enjoyable morning’s bird watching.
ED
Cam Longdown Species List
Jay Robin Blue tit Blackbird
Great Tit Carrion Crow Pheasant Wood Pigeon
Song Thrush Mallard Greylag Goose Green Woodpecker
Jackdaw Long-tailed Tit Coot Tufted Duck
Raven Chiffchaff Dunnock Nuthatch
Moorhen Wren