Slapton Ley

Reduced numbers of wildfowl compared to this time last year. Meet Nick the reserve warden who said there is not so much food available in the ley ( he explained the reasons, to do with rainfall, nutrients etc ). Saw the following and for some species have put in parenthesis the number present when i visited on 1st November last year.

2 Little Grebe (13 ), 11 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Mute Swan, 4 Wigeon ( 207 ), 2 Shoveler ( 13 ), 24 Gadwall ( 52 ), 90 Mallard, 5 Pochard ( 52 ), 72 Tufted Duck ( 367 ) and 70 Coot ( 420 ).

Also present a first winter Mediterranean Gull on the beach, Kingfisher by the bridge, 2 Swallows, Wheatear on the beach and a Yellow-browed Warbler in Ireland Bay calling from the big clump of willows out from the new viewing shelter. Who knows if this is the same as last weeks below the bridge ( nearly 1 km away ). Off the top of my head i can think of at least 16 Yellow-broweds seen on the coastal strip between Bolt Tail and Slapton Ley this autumn, amazing. 

Posted November 3rd, 2014 at 12:59 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News