Our first stop was in Devon, close to Exeter. Steps Bridge at Dunsford is a well known area to try for Lesser-spotted Woodpecker. It also has a lovely River which very often has Dipper.
We did indeed find a Dipper along the river. The light was poor and I couldn't get very close, so these are record shots only.
Here are my birding friends, Jane, Emma and Louise. Ready to find that elusive Woodpecker!
There were being very diligent in their task! (-:
Eventually we were rewarded with excellent views of this very hard to find bird. It has declined badly in recent years and not enough is known as to why. Although the views were good, they weren't good enough for a photo. So, this obliging Robin will have to do instead.
It was lovely to see signs of Spring well on the way with wild Daffodils dotting the woodland floor.
After finding our target species here, we enjoyed the lovely walk back along the river to the car.
We had a couple of other stops on the way down to where we were staying, but no scenic ones, so the next post will start with our first full day of birding in Cornwall.