A run round the South Hams

A run round the South Hams today, looking for some sign of the spring migration.

 Idstone Cross, Aveton Gifford saw several Yellow Hammers on the roadside hedge alongside a stubble field.

(The tidal road at Aveton Gifford was shut presumably for road works)

Bowcombe Creek, Kingsbridge large gathering of mainly Herring Gull but four Lesser Black Backs and 2 Common Gulls present, Curlew, Redshank and Shell duck on the mud flats.

Treatment works at West Charleton, Grey Wagtail, Song Thrush, Long Tailed Tits and Goldfinch.

Beesands Lee for my first visit to this location and hide, count of 28 Tufted Duck mostly in pairs, my first sighting of the Tufted Pochard hybrid, 3 Gadwall, 2 Skylarks singing over the car park and field leading to the hide and around the feeders 7 Greenfinch.

The signs of spring migration waited until we reached Start Point, Stonechat in plentiful numbers more than I have ever seen before, Meadow Pipits showing well and flying over from the sea, one Chiffchaff, several small flocks of Pied Wagtails and no less than 11 Wheatears mostly females and very flighty, Raven overhead


South Huish Marsh, Hen Sparrow Hawk, 4 Wheatears, 15 Sand Martins which were coming over the marsh in small numbers, 18 Teal, the Ruddy Shell duck is still present, Heron, Little Egret, 2 Buzzard, 2 Oyster Catchers several Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtails and my thanks to Vic Tucker (if I have remembered the name correctly) for pointing out the location a drake Garganey.

Returning home along the Kingsbridge estuary, a good number of Brent Geese seen on the water just outside of Kingsbridge.

Posted March 17th, 2015 at 6:45 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News