The DPA’s birdsong walk up the Deancombe Valley, close to Burrator, on Saturday 25th April, led by Tony John of the Dartmoor Study Group, was on the first dull, misty morning for weeks, but those who were willing to start at 6.30 am were rewarded by hearing and seeing some iconic spring and summer visitors as well as many resident woodland and moorland birds – 28 species in total.
Mistle thrush – without a tail!
Jay – a group of 11 – our leader had never before seen so many together in spring
Long tailed tit
And from the car on the way back over the moor, a wheatear.
With the current interest in cuckoos, Dartmoor National Park Authority, in association with Devon Birds, is taking part in a national project managed by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) to track Dartmoor’s cuckoos via satellite on their long migration flights between their breeding grounds here and their wintering grounds in Africa. This can be followed via their web page entitled Flight of the cuckoo.