Ernesettle Creek, 1st March 2013

The lesser yellowlegs was showing well this lunchtime upriver from the slipway. It was feeding out on the mudflats and when it found a worm it would run down to the waters edge to wash it before eating it - I guess muddy worms do not taste good! Also seen were 2 greenshank but numbers of redshanks have dropped with fewer gulls seen too. Teal numbers seem much the same.

A firecrest was seen feeding in the undergrowth beside the footpath while at the mouth of the Creek a pair of red breasted mergansers were on the River Tamar with 6 great crested grebes (3 in summer plumage) and 8 black tailed godwits on the mudflats.

Yesterday while travelling to Exeter on the A38 I saw a dead otter by the roadside near Buckfastleigh - presumably a wild individual but possibly an escape from the nearby Otter Park? Very sad too see either way.

On the return trip near Marsh Mills at Plymouth I saw a red kite soaring high overhead heading North East

Posted March 1st, 2013 at 4:23 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News