The walk at Plymbridge Woods was muddy but not too busy with people. The feeders at Cann Quarry were empty so there was no sign of any marsh tits and I couldn't find any dippers along the river. A flock of siskins were noisely preening in the top of some alder trees and a noisey great spotted woodpecker was being hassled in a tree top by a magpie before it flew off. A female goosander flying high north towards Dartmoor as the light began to fail was the highlight of the walk and as we drove home over the road bridge at Marsh Mills I saw a male and female goosander feeding on the river.
Sunday 8th January and we had a walk around Burrator Reservoir on another cold and grey
day but again it wasn't too busy with people. The water levels were very low after what has been a dry and mild winter, it looked more like September after a hot and dry summer. A male goosander, a little grebe, 4 male tufted duck, 3 male and 2 female teal, mallards, a Muscovy duck, 3 white farmyard geese, 2 juvenile and 2 adult cormorant (1 in full summer plumage) and a grey heron were seen on and around the water while in the woods a very pale buzzard, a few siskins and a marsh tit with blue, coal, great and long tailed tits around the car park were also seen.
Summer Plumaged Cormorant, Burrator Reservoir
Pale Buzzard, Burrator
Before driving off to Burrator I found my first moth of the year, a male winter moth resting on the window of a house by our parked car.
Male Winter Moth, Plymouth
Desert Wheatear, Thurlestone, with metal leg ring
Desert Wheatear - showing buffy rump