Coast to Moor

Thursday 29th September ~ A visit to the Rv Tavy in the area round the Lopwell Dam on a low tide, 1 Grey Wagtail, several Pied Wagtails, 8 Buzzard four either side of the dam, 3 Little Egret, 1 Red Legged Partridge, 2 Little Grebe, 2 Cormorant, 2 Common Sandpiper and two very large flocks of migrating Swallows very high and only picked up in the binoculars while watching the Buzzards soaring.

Three Jays seen at Wrangaton with singles seen at Plympton, Tamerton Folliot and Lee Mill.

Friday 30th September ~ Marine Parade Paignton, Turnstones showing well.

Berry Head a sea watch produced very little, six Gannets in view at one point, 50 plus Meadow Pipits coming in off of the sea all along the headland, a few high flying Swallows, two Wheatear one being very confiding. Three greater Black Backed Gulls, Goldfinch 13, Linnets 11, Magpies 10+.


An afternoon walk up to the Avon Dam from Shipley Bridge following yesterdays reported Osprey, failed to find any sign of the Osprey and birds were very thin on the ground generally with very little bird song until the approach to the dam itself.

Stonechats and Meadow Pipits in good numbers, the odd Wren, six Kestrel sightings which I suspect relate to three birds moving up and down the valley, one female Peregrine, two Raven, three Buzzard, Goldfinch, Robin, Blackbird, two Dipper, three Herring Gulls, light passage of Swallows, six Mallard on the reservoir  itself.

Kestrel hunting Pied Wagtails on the face of the dam, Grey Wagtail on the river.

At home Three Buzzard soaring in company with two Raven and around my feed station tree a very aggressive Chiffchaff not wanting to share the tree with any other birds.


Posted September 30th, 2016 at 6:16 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News