On the moors above South Brent

Spent part of the afternoon sat up overlooking a Dartoor mire / marsh, above South Brent partly in the hope of photographing two Cuckoos that I could hear but frustratingly managed to remain out of view; but the following observed: Robin, Wren, Meadow Pipit, Sky lark, Willow Warbler (taking food to its nest) male Pied Flycatcher (possibly a hen but was so suprised to see the male concentrated on that) Stonechat, Linnet, female Yellowhammer, numerous Mistle Thrush and a single Song Thrush, Full summer plumage male Reed Bunting with two hens, Chaffinch, Swallows, Dunnock, a huge flock of mixed Corvids on Dockwell Ridge, 2 Buzzards, Magpie, Jay heard scolding but not seen, Green Woodpecker again heard but not seen, a very breif view of what I believe was a female Spotted Flycatcher.

Both species of Flycatcher were in the tops of moorland shrub type trees and flipping into the air, taking a passing insect and dropping back into cover in the way that they do.

Posted June 5th, 2014 at 6:39 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News