Tuesday, 8 March 2011

YARNER WOOD

On a sunny, calm morning substantial drumming activity from 2 Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers over a 30+ minute period in the woods above the hide. Dick Andrews & I were between boxes 41 & 45 on the upper paths. Birds very mobile and seen flying both sides of our path. Pair seen on trees, but believed third (another male) bird present due to the drumming activity.

Minimum 6 Siskins feeding at hide.

EXMINSTER MARSHES

[OSPREY?] - juvenile, seen from RSPB car park at 1445-1500 sitting on fence posts at far side of field. [bird now believed to be a pale Buzzard. See page 68 of 2009 Devon Bird report, Buzzard - 'plumage variation']