Thursday 20 June 2013

Cirl Buntings, Prawle Point, Devon

Just back from a few days away in Devon. We stayed in Compton Castle (National Trust) which was fantastic and enjoyed great days out at Dartmouth, Totnes, Brixham and Paington.

Birding was not on the agenda so just one short strategic walk was done, at Prawle Point. It was my first ever visit and I ad only ever seen one Cirl Bunting previously, just up the coast at Berry Head. Getting out of the car a male could be heard signing nearby and was easily tracked down. We spent about an hour on site and saw at least 3 males and 2 females.

Twenty plus of these noisy buggers lived in the castle grounds and provided an alarm call each morning.

The only other bird of note seen was a single Spotted Flycatcher in the castle gardens.

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