Ivybridge - Piles Copse

In and around the copse: Cuckoo, Tree Pipit, Redstart, Pied Flycatcher Dipper and Grey Wagtail. On the moor: Kestrel, Wheatear and Stonechat.

On the 4 km. of the mineral tramway S. from Sharp Tor: c.20 singing Skylark, making c.10 per sq. km., which seems a good number for such a degraded grassland.

As was the case a month ago, a lone Willow Warbler was singing from an isolated Hawthorn c300m from the nearest other tree. Perhaps, in the absence of Wrens or other insectivores, there is enough food in the gorse to support it/them. An anomalous record in in any case.

Posted May 31st, 2019 at 9:43 pm by James Camden in Bird News