Yesterday I went along to the Devon Birds meeting at Beer Head. There were about 17 of us, and we were led on the walk by Steve Waite, local patch birder & Devon Bird Recorder. Steve also writes a blog about birding on the Axe, which I read regularly (http://stevesbirdingblog.blogspot.co.uk) so it was nice to actually meet him.
The forecast was for heavy rain showers and for once they actually seem to have got it right! However, between showers we saw quite a nice variety of birds including quite a large flock of lovely Yellow Wagtails, Wheatears, Whinchats, and a Redstart - which I missed, unfortunately. I suspect that Steve would have found more birds without us, as we make quite a lot of noise...we're quite a sociable bunch & tend to natter as we wander!
|One minute we were watching a juvenile Green Woodpecker...|
|....the next we were taking cover from the rain|
|There goes the culprit|
|What a fantastic place for a walk; birds are a bonus!|
|More rain approaches, head for the trees!|
|Watching Whinchats & Wheatears|
|Low water levels at the Marsh|
|Colin had a visitor in the hide....I think it may be a Speckled Bush Cricket but I'm happy to be corrected!|
|The cuckoo finally put in an appearance|
|It was worth the wait!|