Broadsands, Paignton

A late afternoon gull watch on the rising tide at Broadsands, Paignton this afternoon, four Terns showing well if a little distant for over an hour as they dived for small fish near the surface, a check of my birding book suggests that they were Sandwich Terns having light tipped black beaks.

A flight of at least four Mediterranean gulls flew in but as they landed in a mixed group of Greater Blacked Backed, Herring and Black Headed Gulls a beach goer decided it would be fun to run through the gull flock scattering them in all directions, one 2st year Mediterranean gull did return a little later.

Biggest surprise was a full summer plumage Black Tailed Godwit that came in and landed for a very short spell by the gulls, a count of 16 House Martins, a Pied Wagtail, male Green finch and two Goldfinch also on the beach.

On the way home through Dartington a Roe Doe with a calf at foot in the field alongside the new building site.

Posted July 4th, 2015 at 7:46 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News