Darts Farm ~ Topsham ~Powderham

A good run out from South Brent with Keith male this morning, the day started well with a male Kestrel on the overhead wires just as you enter Lower Dean, first stop Darts Farm where a wicked wind was ripping through and virtually nothing to be seen apart from some brave Stonechat's, a very flighty mixed flock of Godwit and Curlew and a handful of Fieldfare with a Redwing in tow. Topsham Rec was good for Black Headed Gulls and at least three Common Gulls but the wind was strong enough to make viewing difficult, several Buzzards showing well around the Powderham area.

The Snow Bunting remains in situe as described in the DBWPS posts and was easy to find thanks to directions from other visiting birders, it’s no wonder that it is such a popular bird to view, first for both of us.

A male Stonechat caused some excitement at the other end of the new bridge close to the Snow Bunting when it was claimed to be of the Siberian variety, showing a marked white rump, numerous birders soon had it in view, but some images and a quick look at a very handy bird guide soon confirmed it to be a standard male Stonechat.

A Heron by the Powderham estate allowed a very close viewing within feet of the road, with good numbers of Curlew in by the deer herd, a mix of Red and Greenshank at Dawlish.

Posted January 26th, 2015 at 9:24 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News