Mid Devon branch field visit to East Anstey Common – 20th May

A group of seven including leader Paul Pratley met on the fringes of Exmoor on this rather fine and sunny morning. Almost immediately on exiting the cars, Cuckoos were heard calling with a female bubbling and then three seen (two males and a female) flying. A Redstart was heard singing along with many Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers, and a singing Tree Pipit parachuted down onto a gorse bush. As we walked across Whiterocks Down we had great views of Lesser Redpoll and another singing Tree Pipit. A Red Kite drifted overhead and a pair of Marsh Tit were busy attending to their brood. Into the woodland and we caught up with the hoped-for Wood Warbler (at least two) as well as Pied and Spotted Flycatcher.

A total of 37 species were seen or heard:
Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Tit, Bullfinch, Buzzard, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, Cuckoo, Goldcrest, Great Tit, Green Woodpecker, Jay, Kestrel, Lesser Redpoll, Linnet, Long-tailed Tit, March Tit, Nuthatch, Pheasant, Pied Flycatcher, Red Kite, Redstart, Robin, Siskin, Skylark, Song Thrush, Spotted Flycatcher, Swallow, Swift, Tree Pipit, Treecreeper, Willow Warbler, Woodpigeon, Wren