Today, I was intending to go to a meeting of the Mid Devon branch of the Devon Birders in Cookworthy Forest, which is somewhere North of Okehampton. Looking forward to exploring somewhere new, and hopefully seeing Woodcock (the target species for the day), I intended to meet Annabelle at her house North of Exeter, from where we were to travel together. However, horrendous rush hour traffic & me getting lost meant that there was no way I could get to Annabelle's on time, and even less chance of me finding the meeting.
However, after I realised that I wasn't going to make it to the meeting, I happened to pass by Stoke Wood, which I recognised as somewhere I'd once been birding with Mary whilst she was visiting. I decided to cut my losses & have a wander.
|The entrance to Stoke Woods|
When I got down to the bottom of the woods, I scanned the River Exe & spotted 2 waders, which turned out to be Green Sandpipers. A nice surprise!
|The Green Sandpipers were on the distant Exe|
|This is apparently the landscape that inspired Jane Austin's Sense & Sensibility|
By the time I got back to the van it was after midday, so I headed off to Topsham Recreation Ground to have a look for the Black Redstart that's been there for a while. I met quite a few birders there who all told me that it's usually there and quite easy to see. Usually, but not this afternoon. However, I did have a brief view of the Water Pipit that's also been there on & off for a while & some lovely views of a Kingfisher & Grey Wagtail, so that made up for it.
|This is apparently where the Black Redstart is normally seen.|
|The Exe looking downstream|
Before today I have been out and about a couple of times adding birds to the Year List.
|Exmouth front on 8th with Libby, had a relatively close Great Northern Diver...|
|....followed by a brief visit to the Otter for the Glossy Ibises (or is it Ibi?)|
|12th Jan, Shelly Beach where I saw a flock of Ringed Plover & 2 Sanderling|
9th: Blackbird, Robin, Sparrow, Dunnock, Blue Tit
10th: Robin, Sparrow, Dunnock, Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit