A good early afternoon visit to the Stokenham end of Slapton Ley on, around the scrub ground good numbers of Linnet, a Whitethroat was showing well but periodically. Female Kestrel and calling young Buzzards.

Over the sea the only interest was a Sandwich Tern working just off the shoreline, a gathering of some 70 plus Gulls gave two observed ringed birds a Herring Gull and a juvenile Great Black Backed Gull. The Herring Gulls ring number being 2FP2 on a white ring.

Two Ringed Plover were a pleasant surprise sat on a raised sand bar.

The Ley itself had a good gathering of birds, over 70 Mute Swan, 23 plus Great Crested Grebe including three juveniles (a clutch of 1 and 2) good numbers of Tufted, Pochard and Mallard Duck, huge numbers of Coot, two Black Swan

Back home at South Brent around the garden feeders, Jay, Coal Tit, Great Spotted Woodpecker, the late evenings long into the night are giving almost constant calling from Tawny owls with at times five individuals calling.

Posted August 10th, 2015 at 4:25 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News