26th March 2018

A slight northerly wind, cloud clearing to give way to a bright spring like day.


Firecrest above Belle Tout Wood.

I was in the Hollow early on checking the Exmoor enclosure. A number of Meadow Pipit were song flighting and Skylark song is a perpetual sound track to the headland now. A few small groups of Chaffinch were in the bushes and I located bright male Brambling amongst them after hearing it’s rasping call for several minutes. There may have been more than one present, also a Siskin passed over head. 2 Chiffchaff were also in song. Later in the day I found the Birling & Belle Tout area quiet encountering only one Firecrest in gorse above the wood.

The previous day, 25th March, produced a Wheatear (my first of the year) along the pony fence line in the hollow and a smart Black Redstart on the slopes below Belle Tout lighthouse. There were also 2 Harbour Porpoise off shore.


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