George gave us an update on current DBWPS projects & we then headed off into the woods. We had seen Siskin & Nuthatch in the car park, and a slow wander then produced a further 18 species including Treecreeper, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Coal Tit, Buzzard, Raven and several Goldcrest, which were the first I've heard singing this year. Being the first meeting it was also an opportunity for everyone to get to know each other, so as well as bird watching there was plenty of chatting going on. All very pleasant!
|A pleasant wander in the woods|
Ten of us stayed on for an afternoon session and headed back up into the woods via a different path. From the edge of the woods a large flock of birds, possibly plovers of some sort, were seen in the distance, although they'd vanished by the time I managed to get the scope up. A farm track that had been too muddy for Annabelle to recce on her previous visits had dried out & we were all game for a bit of exploring, so we walked east across the open farmland.
|Leaving the woods....note the blue sky!|
|More blue sky....|
|The Yellow Spot|
|Heading back to the forest|
Myself, Annabelle & Libby decided to round off the day with a visit to Exminster in search of the Rose-coloured Starling. Unfortunately, I think we were a bit late in the day, as even the Common Starlings disappeared shortly after we arrived.
|Annabelle & Libby Rose-coloured Starling hunting|