Yesterday I had a very enjoyable day out on Dartmoor with the East Devon Birds group. The weather may not have been as good as on the trip to Belstone last week, but the birds were just as good.
Seven of us met up at the car park at Venford Reservoir. When I arrived the list was already growing... unfortunately I'd missed the Crossbills in the trees beside the car park which had been seen by a couple of the early arrivers, but I did see a Cuckoo & Tree Pipit. We set off to walk across the dam, and spent ages watching the House Martins flying below us, along with my first Spotted Flycatcher of the year.
|Watching a Cuckoo from the car park....we could have stayed there all day!|
|The dam bridge isn't designed for the shorter birdwatcher|
|The reservoir was devoid of birds apart from a Great Crested Grebe|
|A lovely walk even without the birds|
|Playing the Wood Warbler challenge! Fay was on top form, definitely top spotter for the day!|
|Everything was carpeted in moss|
|A miniature forest|
|Just managed to catch her....|
|We had to negotiate an obstacle course....Ian took the hard way!|
|Looking back along the valley...unfortunately no Dippers on the river!|
It had been an excellent day. Despite the awful weather forecast, we only got showered on a couple of times & I added 8 new birds to my Year List.