South Hams

Not the best weather to start the New Year or for an early morning birding trip around the South Hams with poor light and at times heavy rain.

The first bird of note was a tiercel Peregrine over Totnes.

Leasfoot Beach at Thurlestone produced the well documented and recorded Desert Wheatear now sporting a BTO ring.


South Huish Marsh gave singles of Bar Tailed Godwit, Lapwing and a male Stonechat, on the rocks in front of the apartments at South Milton beach gave a female Black Redstart.

Kingsbridge estuary on a high tide gave several small groups of Brent geese, 20 plus Shell duck, several Curlew, a very mobile flock of an estimated 100 Dunlin and two Red Breasted Merganser’s.

Frogmore Creek a Greenshank along with Grey and Pied Wagtail.


Slapton Ley a pair of Scaup (1st winter drake) in with numerous Tufted duck and Coot, good numbers of Gadwall and one Great Crested Grebe, off shore 4 plus Gannets, a distant Black Throated  Diver, Shag and a possible Eider but too distant to be 100%.

In two stubble fields alongside the road at Higher Green Cross just outside of Slapton , a large flock of Chaffinch feeding alongside Yellow Hammer, Cirl Bunting, Skylark and Meadow Pipit and on a telegraph pole overlooking the fields a female Kestrel.

A Buzzard was the 60th bird of the morning.

Back at home two Jays in flight across the house field, a male Bullfinch at the feed station and a Song Thrush in the garden.


Eds: that female Scaup looks like its probably a Lesser Scaup!

Posted January 1st, 2017 at 3:53 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News