Slapton Ley & Staverton

07:20 – 10:20. The female Marsh Harrier was briefly over the reeds at the back of Ireland Bay shortly after arrival. The drake Ring-necked Duck and drake Scaup showed well at the northern end of the Lower Ley. 57 Common Scoters and singles of Slavonian Grebe, Great Northern and Red-throated Diver were offshore from the memorial car park.

At the Torcross end, two Black-necked Grebes still and 10 Goldeneyes including four drakes displaying. At around 09:45 a Bittern flew in and crash-landed into reeds after being mobbed by gulls.

A brief walk along the River Dart at Staverton late morning produced two Dippers, two Kingfishers and a pair of Goosanders.

Posted February 4th, 2013 at 2:52 pm by Will Salmon in Bird News