Above: female Cirl Bunting, Prawle Point
I spent a few days with Linda in South Devon last weekend for my birthday staying at the lovely Buckland Tout-Saints Hotel near Kingsbridge. The first birding highlight was a family party of CIRL BUNTINGS at Broadsands on Friday, followed by somewhat tame Turnstones wandering around the quayside at nearby Brixham, in the rain. The replica Golden Hind there is well worth a visit.
On the Saturday, my birthday, we headed for Prawle point, where in cloudy and breezy conditions, I eventually tracked down c10 CIRL BUNTINGS feeding in a more sheltered barley field, one allowing close views.
Another pic of the obliging female Cirl Bunting:
A rather shy male Cirl Bunting!:
Prime Cirl Bunting habitat, a view from near Langerstone Point looking towards Peartree Point:
Prawle Point and Arch Rock, the 'Horse's Head', at its tip:
Two Wheatears, two Chiffchaffs, two Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethr…