We made the most of the nice weather yesterday & headed off to the Blackdown Hills to start the second round of Tetrad surveys for the Devon Bird Atlas. Round one was in mid Feb (http://exmouthbirder.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/devon-bird-atlas-survey.html & http://exmouthbirder.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/isnt-that-heron.html). The first of the day's Tetrads was quite straight forward. We parked up & walked for an hour, going through quite a few different habitats including orchards, fields & coniferous woodland. We had 28 species, 24 within the hour, including a Cuckoo & 4 on the walk back to the van. We had 7 species with evidence of breeding: Dunnock, Blue Tit, House Martin, Chaffinch, Crow, Great Tit & House Sparrow.
|Dunnocks & Blue Tits breeding here|
|Only one assistant this time.....|
|The 'path' with no obvious route after the initial sign|
|Weedy owl-less Smeatharpe|