Plymouth Branch – Yarner Wood and Trendlebere Down 24th April 2023

Twenty-seven members of Devon Birds enjoyed a good day out organised by the Plymouth Branch.  With such a large gathering it was decided to split into three separate groups.   Each group started off in different directions, each one covering the same areas of Yarner Wood and Trendlebere Down at some point during the day.  Although the weather forecast was for rain at times and a chill wind the rain held off except for a few brief showers.

Several Pied Flycatchers were observed throughout the Woods with all members having excellent views.  Many were already paired up and were viewed bring nesting material to their boxes.  Tree Pipits were seen near the reservoir displaying and collecting nesting material.  For some, the first Swifts of the season passed high overhead, but more unexpectedly, for others, was a day-flying pair of Common Pipistrelle bats from the higher hide.

Photos, Song Thrush and Pied Flycatcher, by Dave Easter

The combined observations from all three groups are listed below:

Buzzard                                       Willow Warbler                Siskin

Moorhen                                     Chiffchaff                          Yellowhammer

Woodpigeon                               Goldcrest                           Bullfinch

Swift                                             Wren                                  Greenfinch

Green Woodpecker                  Pied Flycatcher

Great Spotted Woodpecker   Great Tit

Swallow                                      Coal Tit                             Mammals

House Martin                           Blue Tit                             Pipistrelle Bat

Tree Pipit                                  Long-tailed Tit                Roe Deer

Dunnock                                   Marsh Tit                         Grey Squirrel

Robin                                        Nuthatch

Stonechat                                 Carrion Crow                   Butterflies

Song Thrush                           Raven                                 Small White

Mistle Thrush                         Starling                             Green-veined White

Blackbird                                 Chaffinch                         Brimstone

Blackcap                                  Linnet                               Holly Blue

Grasshopper Warbler          Redpoll                             Peacock


John O’Connell-Davidson