And so to the birds! I hadn't even gone 50 yards from the house when I saw a bird fly into a bush at the bottom of the road to Sandy Bay. It turned out to be my first Whitethroat of the year & my first of many for the walk. A bit further up the hill I checked the field for the Whinchat & Wheatears that were there yesterday. There were now 3 Whinchats & 4 Wheatears. Unfortunately they were all over the far side of the field, so although I took a few photos, they aren't much good.....
|A busy hedge|
|Willow Warbler again|
|More busy hedges & a lovely blue sky|
|My first ever Garden Warbler (I hope!)|
I met another local Exmouth birder who puts sightings on Devon Bird News. He took my mobile number & said he'd let me know if he ever finds anything good. Excellent!! I need all the help I can get! He also told me exactly where 3 Pied-flycatchers had been seen earlier, but unfortunately I didn't see them.
The plan had been for me to meet up with Simon & Vera so that we could walk back together. However, it had taken me about 3 1/2 hrs to get to Orcombe Point, so they'd given up & and gone home without me!
|Looking West towards Orcombe Point & Exmouth|
|There are 2 ducks out there....|
|....and here they are cropped somewhat! Eider!|
Year List now on 178 + 2