Fingle Bridge

15 members of DB (East Devon Branch) had intended to explore the river downstream from Fingle Bridge but found the path closed while forestry work is being carried out in the area now owned by the NT and Woodland Trust.  So we took the traditional walk upstream to the mill and then returned by the high path below Castle Drogo.  

Several Dippers present including one in full song. Discussion followed relating to the variation in rusty brown of the undersides. The enlarged photo appears to show one ringed bird or is it just how its leg shows with the water line?    A pair of Siskin were present in Alders and a few Marsh Tits also found. A family group of 4 Buzzard and a single Raven patrolled the skySeveral mixed flocks of tits gave hopes of Lesser Spotted Woodpecker but none were found although Tree Creeper, Nuthatch and Gt Spotted Woodpecker were. A worth while long walk and thanks to Tim Channon for leading us.

Posted February 21st, 2015 at 6:20 pm by Jonathan Ruscoe in General Birding