Report on Meldon Visit on 6 May

The Field Meeting was led by local birder, Roger Jewell, who certainly knows his patch and thanks to him for a wonderful day around the Meldon area. 

The morning was around the viaduct area and about 30 species were seen/heard which was brilliant considering the weather conditions, although we did not get heavy rain as predicted.  The pictures of the Grey Wagtails attached taken by Tom Wallis created much discussion as to whether they were young ones which were paddling about in the nearby gulley/stream.  We had Marsh Tit, Willow Warbler, Treecreeper, Song Thrush and many other beautiful birds. 

Grey Wagtail, Meldon 6.5.2014 Tom Wallis

Juv Grey Wagtail Meldon 6.5.2014 Tom Wallis

At lunchtime whilst enjoying our lunch sitting on the bench, much to our delight a Peregrine appeared giving good views.   We also watched a Kestrel pestering a Buzzard which was fascinating to watch – usually Crows. 

After our picnic lunch we walked through the most beautiful bluebell wood and saw Pied Flycatchers in and out of the nest boxes.  A great day out again with good company and a lovely area to visit.