7 April 2012

Purple Heron, Otter Estuary, Devon: 7 April

Back to the Otter Estuary early this morning and after a while the adult Purple Heron finally gave itself up, walking along the edge of the same ditch (where it presumably spent the night) and also flying around a bit, although remaining a little distant for decent DSLR shots. Late morning onwards seems best.

5 Willow Warbler, c20 Chiffchaff, several Blackcap (3 seen) and 2 Northern Wheatear constituted the summer migrants and 1 female Yellowhammer dropped in briefly (a good local record). Other birds seen include 5 Cetti's Warbler (3 actually showing themselves), 1 Little Egret and lots of Blackbirds, some obviously feeding chicks. An afternoon along the coastpath from Budleigh Salterton towards Exmouth produced another 20 Chiffchaff and 4 Blackcap.

Female Blackbird, Otter Estuary, Devon, 7 April 2012. Blackbirds and Song
Thrushes are now feeding young.

1 comment:

  1. Glad to see you got good views of the Heron - sounds like a difficult bird to see despite its size!