Mid Devon Field Meeting Tottiford – Tues 23 Feb 2016

On our approach by car to the lane leading to Tottiford Reservoir car park, 3 Yellowhammer were seen sitting on a wire above us.  At the car park 7 members met on a beautiful, sunny but cold morning and set off along the east side of the reservoir and immediately we heard birds singing around us and on the water were a group of Goosanders and many more seen further up on reservoir (approx. 16 in total). Other birds included Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, Tree Creeper, Goldcrest, Raven and many other small birds.  

Goosander Tottiford Res Tom Wallis 22.2.2016

We stopped on the Road between Tottiford and Kennick reservoirs and saw a pair of Grey Wagtails fly across and down to the stream below us.  Looking much further around us we spotted 2 Buzzards in the distance circling enjoying the weather.  Walking up through the woods several birds were seen and heard including a Great Spotted Woodpecker and Sparrowhawk.  We arrived at the shore of Trenchford Reservoir where Long Tail Tits were seen flitting between the trees on the edge and on the water there was a large group of Tufted Ducks, Little Grebe, and a pair of Great Crested Grebe, one who had just caught their breakfast!  Walking the footpath alongside the water we came to the road between Trenchford and Tottiford and sat in the sunshine on the grass below to eat our lunch.  It was a wonderful day with good company and 33 different species were seen/heard.

Next Field Meeting – Steps Bridge – Tuesday 15 March 0930