River Otter

A walk today from White Bridge down the Otter to the sea-front and back, by the DB's E Devon Branch, saw 16 people brave the forecast heavy showers (in the event, only one materialised), and between them total 50 species.  The species of note included Kingfisher and Water Rail, by White Bridge, and  a Sparrowhawk along the river, which remained perched for some time.  Some sea-watching in very choppy conditions gave 2 Red-throated Divers, 1 or more  Fulmars and 1 Kittiwake, and a Seal - not often seen off the Otter.  Few duck (low numbers of Shelduck, Wigeon and Teal) or waders (Redshank, Curlew), but a varietyof small passerines made up the numbers, including Bullfinch and Reed Bunting.  Surprisingly, no egrets, and certainly no Whales.......

Posted February 27th, 2017 at 3:58 pm by Colin Randall in Bird News