LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER!!
After all of half an hour at Hembury we were on our way to Alysebeare Common to try for Dartford Warblers, I'd seen a very showy male here last Monday in similar weather conditions, so chances seemed high, and we were definitely feeling lucky now. Rightly so too because before very long we were looking at a very obliging pair of Dartford Warblers, the male especially so. He was showing so frequently and so well that I decided to go back to the car to get my scope. I returned only to hear that he had gone to ground, but not for long because I soon lured him out with my uncannily accurate Stonechat impression (I can't do Dartford Warbler) which seemed to do the trick, causing him to perform a spot of song-flight before perching in a prominent tree nearby. I grabbed the opportunity to digiscope him, like so:
Dartford WarblerWe decided to round off our very successful morning by returning to patch to check out Beer Head where we almost immediately stumbled upon a gorgeous male Wheatear, one of two and the first of the year for us both. He was on a sheep path that I was walking along, and so I took a quick snap of him with the super-zoom before he was inevitably flushed.
My First Wheatear of the year.
Amazingly he stood his ground though and I was able to get within about fifteen feet of him before he casually flew around me.
Very Nice Indeed!
First one's always the best.Also on Beer Head we saw an Adder and this pristine looking Comma butterfly.
Later in the afternoon Bun found a drake Garganey on Black Hole Marsh, which unfortunately gave him the slip while he was answering his phone. It was relocated some time later though on Colyford Marsh and although quite distant, scope views were good. The bird was obviously very hungry and was constantly feeding, I tried to get a photo but it didn't lift its head out of the water once. Also saw my first two Swallows of the year this afternoon, always a most welcome sight.
Today's Garganey, distant with submerged head.
So in true Blue Peter fashion " here's one I prepared earlier"
Garganey: Circa 2007
Always a brilliant bird to see, absolutely stunning and a great way to round off a perfect day's birding! =D