Exminster Marsh ~ Yarner Wood (Pied Flycatcher) ~ Haytor (Cuckoo)

Exminster Marsh this morning while providing a wide range of species was very still, the most prolific species being Wood Pigeon and Canadian Geese, very spaced out Chiffchaff, a single Willow Warbler, a single full coloured male Reed Bunting, Little Egret, Wren(s) Curlew calling. Met a group looking for a reported Grasshopper Warbler but they were as despondent as we were with the lack of birding opportunities on site.

Yarner Wood, a male Pied Flycatcher on full view from the car park, 3 drake Mandarin on the ponds.

Other birders reported having seen a Cuckoo at Haytor, so that was the next stop, 3 Buzzards overhead, Sky Lark and Meadow Pipits in good numbers, reasonable numbers of Stonechat (more hens than cocks) single Swallow overhead, pair of Wheatear, Raven overhead,female Kestrel hunting the Sky Lark and Meadow Pipits and then the Cuckoo showing well and at close quarters at times.

Posted April 13th, 2015 at 3:08 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News