About Me

I am a novice to birding and have become interested since walking Frank our dog, a cross Flat Coat / Springer around Hastings Country Park and the surrounding area, I realised the little brown birds weren't just sparrows.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Sunday 22nd April Down in Devon

Stopping en route to Cornwall at Stover near to Newton Abbott, the country park was next door, a couple of dog walks found my first House Martin of the year but the ariel walkway provided close ups to the tree canopy where the usual woodland Tits were, plus Bullfinches and Nuthatches.

Female Bullfinch

Male Bullfinch

Before setting off to Cornwall we took a trip to Yarner Wood hoping to find Pied Fly Catcher, from the car park  we found a pair of Mandarin.

Female Mandarin

Also there was a Wood Duck - probably an escapee.

Male Wood Duck

At the Hide we found our target a Male Pied Fly Catcher.

Male Pied Fly Catcher
According to other birders Wood Warblers were calling but, I have still to learn their call, but I did hear a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. Will have to visit here again next spring.

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