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Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Devon and West Sussex 28/6/10

Drove for just under 5 hours today to East Prawle, Devon to see the House Finch. There is a chance it won't get accepted but i went down just in case. Quite a smart looking bird, unfortunately i obtained rubbish photos of it. It was very mobile and elusive and in an 1.5 hours i saw it twice for a duration of about 10 minutes.

House Finch at East Prawle
After this i went to Prawle Point and saw 4 male Cirl Buntings. Really smart looking birds and some in song, but again not very good photos.
Cirl Bunting at Prawle Point
On the way back to a West Sussex Common i stopped off at Duncton Hill and found 7 Bird's Nest Orchids. Some were no more than a few inches high, but others were very impressive reaching 40cm in height.


Bird's Nest Orchids at Duncton Hill
At the Common 7 Nightjars were seen, many wing clapping and a constant sound of churring. At one time i checked my phone for the time, and one flew around me for 30 seconds, obviously intrigued by the light. An amazing night. Also 3 roding Woodcocks, a family of Tawny Owls and a Woodlark singing in the distance.
On the way home a Tawny Owl flew out in front of the car.



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