Newton Abbot

Just needed to escape the office for a couple of hours but not go too far today. Started at the Town Quay, where there were five Greylag Geese, a Grey Heron under the railway bridge and a line-up of Black-headed Gulls  including two birds with almost all brown heads; two Grey Wagtails were flitting over the water here too. Then I wandered round to Hackney Marsh and saw the resident Kingfisher, several Fieldfare beside the race course, Redwing in the trees, a lovely pair of Bullfinches and dozens of Robins and Dunnocks. Goldfinches, Chaffinches and Blackbirds plentiful as well. Later, once back on the Town Quay, I walked beside the River Lemon as far as the footbridge - here by the far bank a Cettis Warbler announced his presence very vocally and I had great views as he flitted down to the water's edge for a drink.

I finished my outing with a walk down the footpath to Aller Brook. Lots of finches and tits here included three Greenfinches - the first I have seen this year. I scanned the river from the bridge over the brook and noted a Little Grebe downstream towards the A380 and a few minutes later three Red-breasted Mergansers slowly swam past - two drakes and a red head. On my way back to the car I looked across the water treatment works and was pleasantly surprised to see a Buzzard perched on top of a water pipe.

Posted January 10th, 2018 at 6:51 pm by Paul Beard in Bird News