Twenty birders joined the Devon Birds Plymouth Branch walk from Cadover Bridge to Trowlesworthy Farm on Tuesday morning. The strong wind and showers didn’t deter the spirits or the birds, with 39 species seen or heard. The pair of Green Woodpecker seen before leaving the car park got the tally off to a good start, shortly followed by a pair of Grey Wagtail with a pair of Mistle Thrush awaiting our return. Good views of a male Reed Bunting with its characteristic white moustachial stripe were enjoyed and the bird was easy to locate, unlike the Common Sandpiper which was well camouflaged against the pebbles on the river margins. The overhead displays from Buzzard and Kestrel were surpassed by the flybys of a number of Sand Martin and a lone Swallow. It was a welcome sight to see other summer visitors notably Willow Warbler and Wheatear.

Total species (39):
Canada Goose, Goosander, Mallard, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Common Sandpiper, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Cuckoo (H), Green Woodpecker, Skylark, Sand Martin, Swallow, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Grey Wagtail, Robin, Wheatear, Stonechat, Dunnock, Song Thrush (H), Mistle Thrush, Blackbird, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff (H), Wren, Great Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Raven, Chaffinch, Linnet, Goldfinch, Reed Bunting, Pheasant

Report by Mary Johnson

Goosander Pair (Chris Marcol)
Sand Martin (Chris Marcol)
Wheatear (Chris Marcol)