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Kay BullenKay Bullen

Have not been getting out so much recently due to the weather.  However I did get a walk around Simonsbath on 29th May.

Simonsbath – Horsen Farm to Pickedstone Farm and Two Moors Way.

Every time I have been to Simonsbath I have always heard and sometimes seen Cuckoos and within a few minutes I heard the first one.  However that was it, not another Cuckoo was even heard.

However, Blackbird, Blackcap, Blue Tit,  Buzzard,  Chaffinch, Chiffchaff (heard just the one), Cuckoo, Goldfinch,  Great Spotted Woodpecker (using same nest hole as a few years ago and sounded like there were youngsters in there), Great Tit, Green Woodpecker (H), House Martin, House Sparrow, Jackdaw (H),  Jay, Linnet, Magpie, Pheasant (H), Pied Wagtail (H), Redstart (male), Robin, Song Thrush (H), Skylark, Stonechat, Swallow, Tree Pipit,  Willow Warbler (lots),  Winchat, Wood Pigeon, Wren (including a nest low down in a moss covered wall).

However the highlight was Grasshopper Warbler, heard initially then seen and then a second one appeared.  Also far off a little later on perhaps another male singing.

Sadly saw a dead adder (protected species) that I think someone had killed.