It was a long time since I had seen the sand martins at Cadover Bridge on the River Plym on south-west Dartmoor. So, when I had a short gap between the previously-described walk over Sheepstor and the Dartmoor Preservation Association AGM at Yelverton on 25 May, I popped over there for a look.
Cadover Bridge was heaving with people and dogs. I eschewed the main car-park and took the dead-end road towards Trowlesworthy, which used to be the through road to Lee Moor before the china clay pits engulfed it. I stopped in the small car park on the left and walked down to the river bank. I found a quiet spot to sit.
Despite a noisy barbeque nearby, and plenty of people not far off, the sand martins swooped past, elegantly catching insects.
There were fewer martins than I used to see, but they are still there. I also saw a reed bunting in the gorse.
I was glad to add sand martins to this year’s bird sightings.