Mid Devon Branch, Trip to Berry Head

Eleven Members representing all our branches turned out for the Mid Devon & Exeter branch field trip to Berry Head on 20th April, ably led by Doug Herdson.

Berry Head is a wonderful place to see the early migrants.  Although it was a windy day, the sun encouraged the sheltering birds to sit up in the bushes to sing and churr.  Common Whitethroat, Linnets, Goldfinches and Chiffchaff were in full voice. Even the Bullfinch was calling. Migrant Wheatears flew in the wind.  The arrival of Swifts and Swallows was noted.  A Razorbill and Guillemots were on the cliffs while Fulmars, Gannets and Sandwich Terns wheeled in the wind.   The Peregrine was hunting from a perch in the quarry.

A windy, atmospheric day in one of most beautiful locations on the coast.  A count of only 25 species or so but a very rewarding day.

Nick Armstrong