The 1st day of October always sets the pulse racing ,a bit ,and as I approached East Prawle at 6.40am and almost ran over my second only Water Rail here ( as it kept dithering whether to cross the road towards the Village Pond or not ) my hopes were raised - only soon to be reduced to normal .  So from 7am till 1pm , together with Sam Forest , we explored the car park, front, reserve and up the lane. Goldcrest and Firecrest called but not seen. Best bird an adult calling Great Spotted Woodpecker and there did not appear to be any obvious visible migration despite parties of Meadow Pipits and Linnets in fields and on wires. In the area a sprinkling of Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and Robins and no hirundines.

Over to Merrimore Lane and Pig’s Nose valley where by the gate a small area of gorse and brambles appeared to be alive with birds though mainly Chaffinches , Blackcaps and Chiffchaffs. Later, after we had met Mark Darlaston and Adele, whom we left contemplating the last time we’d seen a Melodious Warbler in the valley, Sam and I ventured further down the valley only to fail to clinch a highly probable Wryneck which , unbeknown to us ,had decided to fly up onto a fence post just as we arrived and quickly and wryly went to ground.  A couple of Wall Browns and Clouded Yellows emerged as the sun started to shine long after the forecasted time.Hey ho.

Posted October 1st, 2014 at 9:08 pm in Bird News