Eleven members turned up for the Cartbridge walk this morning.  Thankfully, the weather was mild and dry.  Visibility was not great, but at least that meant that we couldn't see the Woking skyscrapers!


From the towpath, we were pointed to a 25+ flock of Fieldfares, and at Triggs Lock we had an unexpected low-level flypast by a Common Snipe!  Another good sighting was of a handsome Mistle Thrush, which first sang from the top of a tall tree, but then flew down to forage among some pretty pink flowers (sorry, no photo).  The damp meadows offered us Canada Geese, Egyptian Geese and Reed Buntings; the farmland gave us good views of Linnets (initially hard to pick out as they fed in the furrows); and the trees and hedges contained plenty of tits, finches, Robins, Wrens and woodpeckers.  The approach of Spring/Summer was heralded by a single Swallow, plus the songs of Skylarks, Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps.  The final section of our walk led us between two large fishing lakes, which held several Great Crested Grebes, as well as Cormorants and Grey Herons.  A good time was had by all, and our species total was 46.