Baggy Point

A walk out to Baggy Point earlier this morning from the Croyde Bay NT car park.

23 Oystercatchers, 1 Kingfisher, 32 BHGulls, 1 ad Med Gull,1 Curlew, 6 Rock Pipit, 6 Fulmar, 3 Cormorants, 2 GBB Gulls,1 Razorbill,1 RT Diver, 2 Raven, 3 male Common Scoter flying north, 3 Porpoise & 1 large Atlantic Grey Seal eating a fish while being mobbed by Gulls.

So far I have not seen any Common Scoters overwintering along this stretch of coastline this winter which is unusual.

After several severe storms last winter in Feb 2014 the mussels (which the Scoters feed on) were stripped of the rocks by powerful waves..On exposed rocks at Downend the larger mussels have gone with very small ones developing. This could mean that their food supply is no longer available to them this winter. 

Posted January 27th, 2015 at 2:32 pm by Rob Jutsum in Bird News