Slapton Ley


Called in for a quick look on the way home from Start and amazed how many birds on the ley. In Ireland Bay on one of the rafts of whatever plant/algae it is that has spread on the ley this year was a flock of Black-headed Gulls that had as company 3 Mediterranean Gulls and 2 late Sandwich Terns. Loads of wildfowl in Ireland Bay eg 19 Little Grebes ( far and away most i've ever seen here ) 14 Teal, 130 Wigeon, 9 Shoveler, 63 Gadwall, 279 Tufted Duck and 36 Pochard. Also a borderline Cormorant, possibly sinensis, hopefully stay around. Only oddity i could find was what i would presume is the male Tufted Duck x Red-crested Pochard returning for the winter. Was taking my time going through all the wildfowl when a boat came up the ley and put 90% of the birds to flight and they seemed to spread out farthur down the ley. Had a quick look from Torcross where there are at least 500 Coot. I would say there are also a couple of thousand large gulls in the area so Slapton Ley worth a lot of attention at present, hope it stays that way through the winter.                                 




Posted October 31st, 2013 at 3:25 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News