R.Taw off Pottington Ind Est, Barnstaple.

07:30 - 09:00

4 Little Egret; 16 Shelduck; 1 female Goosander; 4 Common Sandpiper on the concrete embankment; 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose and 4 Blackcaps in Tarka Trail bushes with a further 68 Shelduck and 3 Little Egret on Penhill Marsh.

Bradiford Reserve. 2 Mute Swan; 1 Little Egret; 1 Moorhen; 2 Teal and 2 Mallard.

Braunton Road, Barnstaple. On a lighter note; for the past 3 weeks my garden in Barnstaple has been visited by 4 Mallard drakes; 3 ducks including "Dylis" with the gammy leg (suspect broken at some time) and for the last week and half, by another duck and 13 ducklings. We have been visited by adult Mallards and ducklings for the past 6 years. I`m now beginning to suspect that duck families are inheriting and "passing-on" that my garden is a good place for a "freebie" meal (2x/day). Will I be over-run with Mallards in the future? I am certainly getting more and more each year.

Posted April 18th, 2014 at 4:22 pm by Maurice Clements in Bird News