Birding ~ South Brent area

A morning visit to Gidley Bridge and the track up to Dockwell on the moors near South Brent with Keith Male gave a pair of Green Woodpeckers calling and three Canadian Geese, a Nuthatch and a nesting pair of Mistle Thrush at Gidley Bridge.

A male Blackcap at the start of the track, the lower to midsection of the track was alive with Chiffchaff and Willow Warblers, reasonable numbers of Sky Larks rising from the fields either side.

A total of four Wrens good numbers of Swallow’s the most I have seen all season, usual in ones and two’s but at times good numbers, one of more in view almost constantly.

At the top of the track I lost count of the Linnets passing by, a total of nine Buzzards hovering and slope soaring in the stiff breeze over Dockwell Ridge, three of these birds were notably white/pale in colour and seemed broader bodied and wider tailed than the normal Buzzards that they were with but given the distance that they were from where we were watching I cannot be any more specific.

Female Kestrel in the same area and four House Martins crossing the moor.

Near Harbourneford some 200 plus Herring Gulls and five Buzzards taking advantage of a field being ploughed, one Long Tailed Tit seen in the hedge.

Peregrine Falcon seen near South Brent and near Dean Prior an almost pure white Buzzard came over the hedge almost within touching reach of the car.

At home in the garden male Siskin on the feeders, Long Tailed Tit with a beak full of nesting material, Greater Spotted Woodpecker on the feeders, Heron overhead calling as it went by, pair of Canadian Geese flying overhead. The evening was rounded off with two Tawny owls calling and a third sat in a Horse Chestnut tree watching as I tried to photograph it and three Pipistrelle bats fliting around as the light faded.

Posted April 20th, 2015 at 10:06 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News