Nine of the Mid Devon bird group met at Meeth Nature Reserve on Friday 20th June to enjoy a very warm day of birding.
A good variety of species were sighted in the wet areas including Moorhen, Great Crested Grebe — first sighted there– 6 Little Grebes, 70 + Canada, two pairs.Tufted Duck, 5 adult Mallard and two young, Cormorant, 200 + Gulls including a few Lesser Black-backed, 1 Great Black-backed Gull and more gulls flying in throughout the day.
Other sightings—- Many Jackdaws around the old work sheds. Out and about were scatterings of Bullfinch, Chaffinch, Blue and Great tit, Willow warbler Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Linnet and Wren. Woodpigeon, Magpie, Buzzard and Carrion Crow were sighted. Also Skylark, Reed Bunting and a Garden Warbler were heard.
Many wild flowers were in full bloom and there are ideal habitats for many species of butterflies which were enjoying the hot sun. A brilliant Burnet moth showed off its crimson colours. The sharp eyed amongst us saw two Hares at separate locations.
All in all, a productive day. Many thanks to all who came and contributed to our knowledge. Sue
The next meeting for Mid Devon Group is Thurs 17th July 10.00am at Bellever Plantation, Dartmoor – Meet at cp (pay & display) SX656773 Leader: Mary Wallis