Slapton Ley

Had a very enjoyable day giving the Lower Ley a good look around. Lots of birds there more like the good old days ( starting to sound old, doh, i am getting old ! ) Highlights were the long stayers i.e. the 2 Black-necked Grebes, fem Ring-necked Duck ( all at Torcross ), fem Scaup Torcross and the first winter male in Ireland Bay and the usual female Marsh Harrier. Also 28 Mute Swans, 58 Canada Geese, 3 Little Grebes, just 3 Great Crested Grebes ( very low total, first time ever for me in 30+ years of watching here that GC Grebes have been outnumbered by other grebes - doubt its happened since before they started flooding gravel pits furthur east ? ), 108 Gadwall, 28 Mallard, 13 Wigeon, 258 Tufted Duck, 37 Pochard, 12 Goldeneye ( 4 males, high ratio) and 173 Coot. The sea was fairly quiet but nice to see a flock of 57 Common Scoter ( north of monument ). Also 3 Shelduck, single Great Northern and Red-throated Diver, Slavonian Grebe ( off central car park ) and maybe 50 Razorbills visible in scattered areas.

 

Posted January 14th, 2013 at 9:13 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News