Plym Estuary & Saltram

A search over the high tide period produced 121 Redshanks, 5 Greenshanks, 18 Turnstones and 61 Curlwes roosting. Grey Herons (9) and Little Egrets (10) in almost equal proportions. Only 10 Shelducks and 3 Oystercatchers; but 2 Jack Snipes and 3+ Snipes. Also a Green Woodpecker and a solitary Ringed Plover.

Later, from my window, an adult winter Mediterranean Gull amongst a flock of Black-headed Gulls on Blagdon's Meadow.

There have been a few recent changes in birds' behavouir on the Plym, reflecting human activity. Grey Heron numbers have increased dramatically - now occasionally out-numbering Little Egrets - probably due to disturbance caused by house building in their previously favoured nearby quarry. Due to the removal of a former wader roosting spot - a pontoon near the mouth of the estuary - the Ringed Plover(s) now roost on the adjacent rubble beside Blagdon's Boatyard and Turnstones appear to have relocated much further away on the estuary wall at the top end.


Posted November 9th, 2013 at 5:17 pm by Pete Aley in Bird News