Dartmoor edge above South Brent

A walk along the edge of Dartmoor above South Brent first thing this morning, five Raven, a male Blackcap and a Willow Warbler disputing ownership of a sought after perch, Meadow Pipit and Skylark in good numbers, Green Woodpecker calling, a male Reed Bunting and several Yellow Hammer, Stonechat with female gathering nesting material, flyover Heron,  a year tick with a female Redpoll and a buck Roe deer.

The first Cuckoos are being reported above the village but they evaded my efforts this morning.

Back at home my usually vocal Green Woodpecker pair have become rather quiet but can be seen periodically around their nest site tree, male Blackcap singing well and back on his previous nesting territory, GSWP, several pairs of House Sparrows busy around the nest boxes and the would be Italian Sparrow showed up today having been notable by his absence for the last couple of days, possibly simply missing him around the feeders which being much quieter are not be given as much attention.

Dunnock nest in the garden predated by Magpies.

Female Peregrine buzzing a soaring Buzzard over Brent Hill. Yesterday afternoon an immature female Sparrow hawk crashed into the garden hedge in full pursuit of a fleeing male Blackbird, how on earth it didn't come to serious harm is beyond me, during the night a Barn owl calling towards the A38 and at least four Tawny owls calling away.

Posted April 12th, 2020 at 5:43 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News