We gathered in York village, for a walk around the reservoir. It was a lovely mild autumn day. We started off along the road before climbing up by Whittle Hall and on to the hillside. Here we had an extended stop, whilst we waited for a couple of latecomers, & enjoyed watching a buzzard and a pair of kestrels, and looking at fungi. We then descended down to the reservoir and walked along the causeway. There wasnt much on the water, a great crested grebe and a little grebe along with some gulls. We watched a great spotted woodpecker and had a glimpse of a flock of fieldfare as they flew over. We had lunch on the south side of the reservoir and afterwards continued along by the water. Two roe deer were sighted in the woods. At the end of the reservoir we stopped to look at a pair of stonechat on the fence. As we were stood there a flock of 11 common snipe flew over our heads, circled round, flew back past us and disappeared into the grass by the water. We then climbed back up the hillside, and followed paths by Snodgrass Cross and Fish Moor back to the village.
Species: Mistle Thrush, Crow, Magpie, Blue Tit, Buzzard, Kestrel, Starlings, Great Crested Grebe, Black
headed gull, Common gull, Fieldfare, Jay, Wren, Stonechat, Snipe, Robin, Mallard, Long tail tit, Great tit, Jackdaw, Roe deer