The Plymouth group had a successful meeting on Tuesday 8th September at Topsham. We begun by looking from the Quay at the waders on the estuary and were rewarded by seeing a Whimbrel next to a Curlew, great for comparison. A stroll along the Goat Walk revealed a Sandwich Tern perched on a buoy, plenty of Black-tailed Godwits and a couple of Avocets. A visit to the hide is always rewarding, and as the tide rose, we had good views of three Spotted Redshank among the Greenshank, a Ruff and large numbers of the usual waders and Teal. six Pintail were unexpected.
Doug showed us the new cycle path to Goose moor, where Martin spotted a Common Sandpiper, Faye spotted a Peregrine and a Chiffchaff was heard as we made our way back to the car park. A good day, but as Chris said we could have a list of birds we just missed – seen the day before or the next. That’s birding!