Sunday 1 May 2022


A trip down to Slapton Ley this morning to look for  a Black-Crowned Night Heron that has returned to exactly the same spot as it was last year, which was right below the road bridge. The only difference this year was the plumage as the bird is now in 2nd summer plumage and is looking quite smart.

At one point there was a Roach that was quite close to the surface. The bird shot out into the water, grabbed the fish and flew off into the reeds again.

The next stop was at Beesands to look for a reported Hooded Crow. And after a bit of a search the bird was found in the garden behind the houses and on the roofs. As this is only the third time that I have seen these birds in my home county of Devon, it was very much appreciated.

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