North Devon coast - Egyptian Geese

In the course of doing a section of the BTO Non-Estuarine Waterbird Survey between Wringapeak and Heddon's Mouth this morning, as well as 131 Fulmars (most on the water), 192 auks (all on the water) and, pleasingly, two Oystercatchers on a stretch that I thought would be waderless, the most startling sight was three Egyptian Geese about a kilometre offshore flying east up the Bristol Channel. Non-native and feral they may be, but for a North Devon birder unused to seeing a species which in Devon is largely confined to sheltered south coast estuaries, this was nonetheless an exciting moment.

Posted January 20th, 2016 at 8:46 pm by Tim & Tim Davis & Jones in Bird News