Paignton ~ Dartington ~ South Brent

A visit to Broadsand’s with Keith Male resulted in us meeting up with Bob Bailey who very quickly and kindly positioned us to see two Firecrest a long awaited first for me, also in the corner of the closed off car park were Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, a flock of 12 plus Goldfinch and a Raven overhead.

Off shore were 6 Crested Grebe, a Great Northern Diver, Velvet Scoter and a Black Necked Grebe picked out by Bob.

A visit to the Roundham Head area where Bob had reported seeing a male Black Redstart found us at the Burma Star garden where the male Black Redstart showed on an almost constant basis, a very elusive female showed briefly on two occasions. Also of note in the garden were Blackcap (male and female) and two Song Thrush.

Marine Parade, Preston gave a count of 36 Turnstone which included the Dutch rung bird that is over wintering at this location, Oyster Catchers, a Heron, two Greater Black Backed Gulls, Shag, Cormorant, Bob arrived while we were there and added a few species to his sea watch list.

Dartington Drive and Hall despite the habitat gave very little, good numbers of Redwing, Mistle Thrush and Blackbirds feeding in a mature Yew tree a few Pied Wagtails and a Wren were about the sum of it from that area.

Back home at South Brent, a garden watch gave me a total of  23 species including Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Greenfinch all in double figures, Rook, Coal Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Sparrow Hawk, Redwing and 3 Raven overhead.

Posted December 1st, 2015 at 5:10 pm by Steve Hopper in General Birding