Plymouth area

Took a walk around Staddon Heights in very mild and calm conditions. Good number of Song Thrushes (21) but otherwise little of note; 6 Siskins over, just 2 Blackcaps and 1 Chiffchaff, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Goldcrests and a glimpse of a Stoat.

Better luck at the Plym and Saltram with a male Ring Ouzel which flew from bushes by the Ride towards Chelson Meadow (I couldn't relocate it) - a long-awaited Plymouth tick for me! On the pool, Little Egrets stable at 16, and 3 Bar-tailed Godwits lingering but only 40 Curlews. The Redshanks (95) on the estuary wall were joined by slight increases in Dunlins (8) and Greenshanks (5). Also a Wheater, 3+ Goldcrests and a Harris Hawk x Buzzard hybrid.  

Posted October 13th, 2013 at 2:55 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding