For the morning Mid Devon Walk on Dartmoor last Thursday, 25 May I decided to stick to the edge of the moorland, along Throwleigh Common, some lanes, fields, and byways to hopefully get a nice mix, despite it being quite cold and very breezy.
We were 16 in number – we weren’t able to hear as much as we might have done because the wind was so strong, and most birds were tucked well down out of sight, and many sightings were as a result brief. It was also very chilly, but we had over 30 species seen and/or heard between us, and two of us went out again after lunch and saw or heard another nine species!
The highlights for me in the morning were spotted flycatcher, and garden warbler, and I have never seen a yellowhammer clinging on so strongly to a small wildly waving rowan, as I observed in the afternoon!
It was a lovely group, with lots of people contributing different things of interest to the day, be it local knowledge, plants, butterflies, bird ID by sight, and by sound, which really added to the enjoyment, in a delightful area, and I think it left us all wanting to return on a day when we could feel warmth, hear more against the wind, and get a better opportunity to absorb all that is there. I really appreciated everyone’s input and company, and thoroughly enjoyed myself, as I think everyone did.
Our next meeting is Thurs 30 May Winkleigh Woods – SS650081 for Nightjars Parking in layby beside the woods, space is limited to six cars so please car share if possible – Leader: Peter Howard