Eleven members, including one new member, attended Fernworthy Field Meeting for a very productive and enjoyable day’s birding led by Roger Jewell. Many thanks to him!
The weather was initially chilly and overcast but the sun came out later and we enjoyed its warmth. 42 different species were listed for the day, including mistle thrush, linnet, willow warbler, garden warbler, crossbill, redstart, redpoll, tree pipit, whitethroat, marsh tit and a family of mallard plus all the other usual sightings of birds. The highlight was a cuckoo heard somewhere above the north side of the reservoir followed shortly after by 2 calling cuckoos which flew across the reservoir from the northerly direction. A little later they reappeared on their return flight from the woods on the south side of the reservoir. A good birding day was had by all and ended with a picnic lunch near the hide in the sunshine.
Annabelle Strickland, Mid Devon Co-ordinator
Next meeting: Tues 16 May, Sludge Beds, Exeter (DWT) (due to Bridge Road works, the boat car park will have to be approached from the Countess Wear roundabout where there is plenty of parking)