Badgworthy Water & Hoccombe Combe

A walk along the county boundary up onto the top of Exmoor produced at least 8 territorial male Redstarts, plus two females, a lone singing male Pied Flycatcher, 5 singing male Whinchats, two territorial male Stonechats, a Garden Warbler, and a male Reed Bunting. Incredibly dry on top of the moor and almost like going back into deep winter from the state of vegetation (non-)development. Hardly any Meadow Pipits seriously back into the swing of breeding and the upper parts of some of the combes almost spookily devoid of birds for the time of year. Another walker reported hearing a Cuckoo, which we missed. Perhaps not surprising that there should only be one about, given the apparent dearth of nesting pipits. No sign (or sound) of any Wood Warblers either.

Posted May 1st, 2013 at 5:35 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News