South Hams Reserves - 10.12.2018

Nothing new at South Huish Marsh, where a male Stonechat and a couple of Meadow Pipits were the highlights. On to South Milton Ley to top up the feeders by the viewing screen. The hard working Alan Pomroy was again present, ringing assorted birds. Last time on 3/12 he had a Water Rail to show me. Today he was ringing a Redwing, as I arrived. Lovely to see these birds so close, and an opportunity to try out a new camera! At the viewing screen highlights were a Greater Spotted Woodpecker, a Water Rail, 3 Bullfinch and a couple of Chaffinch, with the tits. On to West Charleton Marsh, where despite it being low tide several ducks were still on the scrape, along with 2 Greylag Geese, probably the same ones that spent a couple of days at S.Huish. Also saw a Water Rail, Kingfisher, male Blackcap, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Grey Wagtail and 4 more Redwing amongst other birds. Light was poor, but could make out a number of Dark Bellied Geese and a lot more ducks out on the estuary. When I left, about 15.30, several flocks of Teal were flying from the estuary to join others on the scrape 

Redwing rung by Alan Pomroy -South Milton Ley - 10.12.2018          Greylag Goose and ducks - West Charleton Marsh- 10.12.2018
Redwing rung by Alan Pomroy -South Milton Ley   Greylag Goose and ducks - West Charleton Marsh

Posted December 10th, 2018 at 7:15 pm by Dave Pakes in General Birding