On Saturday I had a great day out with the Mid Devon Birds group, exploring the area around Belstone on the Northern edge of Dartmoor. We had glorious sunshine & fantastic scenery all day, and the birds were pretty good too.
We started off by walking down into the lovely wooded River Taw valley. There were quite a few Swallows & House Martins collecting mud from the edges of a puddle as we entered the valley & we could hear Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs, Willow Warblers & Cuckoos. A different song caught our attention as we descended towards the river, which we soon discovered belonged to an obliging Garden Warbler.
|It was quite a steep climb down|
|The Garden Warbler gave us great views, I managed this shot with my 'point & shoot' Lumix.|
|Unfortunately no Dipper. Chris, the walk leader, says he very rarely sees them here|
|Diversification....John gave us a geocashing lesson|
|Stopping to admire the view we saw 2 cuckoos & heard a 3rd, and saw 4 Ravens|
|Looking back towards the village...|
|...and out to the North over the fields of bluebells|
|Communications centre...the old Telegraph Office|
|On the moor...we soon saw Meadow Pipits & Skylarks|
|I really should have put the tripod legs up!|
|This is what we were looking at. I really must practise digiscoping.|
|A Stonechat with limited orange on the breast & large white collar....a bit like a Siberian|
|An afternoon cream tea on the lawn, how civilised!|