We wild camped on Saturday night at Dick’s Well behind Brat Tor.
There had also been a large fall of wheatear overnight. The previous day there had been a couple of birds – Sunday morning they were everywhere. It is great to see and experience migration in action – it is such an exciting time of the year.
Later in the morning we walked from the Willsworthy Ranges around to Lane End and saw a couple of cuckoos – our first birds of the year. The first bird we saw was a female who performed her characteristic bubbly call. Moments later a male arrived and sang the classic cuck – coo call. Both birds were being chased around by a carrion crow – cuckoos in flight can look very like a bird of prey and I suspect the crow thought they were sparrowhawks and wanted rid of them in case they predated its nest. (This photo was taken last year in Northamptonshire by my friend Steve Brayshaw.)