Plymouth Group visit Bennetts Cross to Challacombe

In spite of foggy and wet conditions on May 12th, a dozen members met at Bennett’s Cross (or nearby for those who did not look at the programme closely!)   Paul led us down the valley and almost immediately our first Whinchat was spotted.  Several more were seen throughout the day including two handsome males.  The song of Willow Warbler accompanied us as we walked towards Soussons Wood and a Tree Pipit‘s displaying flight caught our sight. Good views of Reed Bunting were had appropriately in the “wet bit” at the bottom of the valley and Cuckoo were heard and then seen by all.  Soggy sandwiches were avoided by eating lunch under the conifers and a Goldcrest kept us company.  Half an hour later the sun came out, making finding a Garden Warbler and a Siskin easier.  Challacombe Farm provided a pleasant resting place for us to observe the hirundines flying overhead and soon a Spotted Flycatcher was found. 

I enjoyed this great day out with good company and nearly 40 different species of bird were seen or heard.

Lesley Goonesekera