Around Slapton

A continual movement of hirundines all day, mainly Swallows but a few House and Sand Martins mixed in, moving south. Mainly in 2 -3's but some notable larger flocks of 40 to 60. Some birds came down the coast, others were well out to sea and appeared to be cutting across the bay to Start Point whilst many more came in from the sea and on to the lower ley. In all well over 300 Swallows.

At Strete gate, 10 Chiffchaffs, Whitethroat and Blackcap. 6 Clouded Yellows, 2-3 Painted Ladies and 12 Red Admirals ( for any keen botanists there is an excellent show of sea campion below the cliffs here at the moment plus some very showy yellow horned poppies).

From the footpath at the north end of the lower ley, 30+ Chiffchaffs, 2 Goldcrest, Spotted Flycatcher, Sedge warbler and Reed Warbler.

The 2 Red Crested Pochards at Torcross and a Balearic Shearwater flew through the bay at around 1.30 p.m seen from the Monument car park. 4 Sandwich Terns fishing up and down the beach.

Posted September 18th, 2015 at 7:02 pm in Bird News