On the way down we (my wife and I) called in at the RSPB's Ham Wall Reserve. This is just a short distance from the M5 and quite a pleasant reserve, unfortunately the sun which had be shining all morning decided to disappear behind a blanket of cloud just after we left the motorway. As we were setting off from the car park two Great White Egrets flew from a nearby by pool into a distant reed bed. They were the first of 4 birds we saw in the 2 hours we were there. The only other unusual bird(s) we encountered were 3 high flying cranes, birds possibly from the Slimbridge re-introduction scheme.
While at my sisters and partly due to the cold north westerly the only birding I did was when we went for a couple of short walks along the Tarka Trail. I had arranged to spend the Saturday birding with in South Devon with a friend who moved down there last autumn.
The following photos will tell the story of my 4 days away:
If I hadn't got the following photo I would have thought that this was a Hudsonian
Whimbrel. It just goes to show that you shouldn't always trust a photo.
There were over 30 Whimbrel feeding in this small inlet.
This Whimbrel was watching a Common Buzzard being mobbed by a Rook.