Soar & Starehole Valley Trip Report 13th October 23

Ten members of Devon Birds enjoyed a good day out organised by the Plymouth Branch. Despite heavy overnight rain, we had a mainly dry day and the sun even made a few welcome appearances. It was a little windy at times, but generally warm for the time of year at 17°C. Rain moved in just as we returned to the car park.

A large flock of Skylark greeted the group at the start of the walk.  Several Roe Deer were spotted early on and there were lots of Parasol mushrooms in the fields. In the sunny spells several butterflies were seen – Red Admiral, Clouded Yellow, Peacock and Large White.  Six swallows were seen flying around and there were a few flocks of Meadow Pipits. Four Cirl Bunting were seen in the top of the hedgerows.  A buzzard was seen during our lunch stop in Starehole Valley. On our way back we stopped off at the Walker’s Hut (where tea, coffee and cakes were enjoyed) and had excellent views of about 20 Yellowhammers in a Hawthorn tree.

A total of 27 species of bird were seen and a Moorhen was heard making 28 species.

Skylark, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Carrion Crow, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Blackbird, Meadow Pipit, Robin, Goldfinch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Stonechat, Swallow, Raven, Jackdaw, Pied Wagtail, House Sparrow, Wren, Herring Gull, Greater Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Dunnock, Pheasant, Yellowhammer, Cirl Bunting,


Kevin & Jacki Solman