Blackingstone Rock and the Wrey Valley

Walked up from Lustleigh, then N to Blackingstone, down to Wrey Barton and back along the railway. In the morning woods and farmland were all the usual Thrushes, Tits, Warblers and Finches, highlight being 4/5 Garden Warblers in the young plantations. Lunch at Blackingstone was, despite the cold, serenaded by a Redstart, Willow Warblers, and two members of what I think of as the "Tree Pipit Parachute Display Team". Afterwards a Redpoll, my first here, was buzzing (though Collins says serrrring) over the heathland above Pepperdon Farm, with Stonechat, Yellowhammer and Whitethroat below. In the valley, Dipper and Grey Wagtail were on the Wrey, Treecreeper and Marsh Tit in the Oaks, and a second,very confiding, Redstart sang from a thorn tree, aflame in the welcome sunshine.

Posted May 22nd at 9:10 pm by James Camden in Bird News