Teigngrace & Haldon Forest

Two visits to the Teigngrace area failed to locate the Cattle Egrets that have been frequenting the area, the local farmer stopped to chat and told us that he had seen two birds fly out first thing this morning so there is a good chance that the overnight plunge in temperatures has sent them off to warmer climes.

But the field that the Egrets had been in gave, Pied Wagtails, Meadow Pipits, Cirl Buntings (3) Black Headed Gulls, Little Egrets (14) Sparrow Hawk overhead, Dunnock, Robin and numerous Magpies, close by a Common Sandpiper.

The track to Stover from the railway sidings gave, large numbers of Long tailed Tits, Blue Tit, Great Tits, Nuthatch, Tree Creeper, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Redwings, Goldcrest in good numbers and a very strikingly marked Grey Wagtail.

Haldon Forest Park was not overly busy with bird life but a good range of the expected species, a hunting Sparrow hawk flushed a flock of some 50/60 Siskin, a Song Thrush gave a close up snail bashing demonstration before walking under my camera tripod, the newly refurbished pond area by the toilets is proving a very popular bathing and drinking spot for several species.7 Fallow deer on the way out back towards Chudleigh.

A Kestrel on overhead wires on the A38 near Ashburton.

Buzzards showing just about everywhere on today’s trip.

Posted November 23rd, 2015 at 4:49 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News