South Brent Brambling and Blaxton Meadow

A great days birding, a morning visit to a private lake near South Brent gave me no less than 22 species that included 10 Canadian Geese, Mute Swan, a solitary drake Wigeon, full summer plumage Little Grebe, Coot, Moorhen a large flock of Redwing more than could be counted, several Wrens, four Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, three Green Woodpeckers heard calling only the one seen, Heron, male Yellow Hammer, a single Goldcrest, hen Sparrow Hawk overhead and fly past from five Lesser Black Backed Gulls.

The Rv Plym Blaxton Meadow gave good if distant views of the reported Glaucous Gull, Curlew 11, Shellduck 37, Redshank 80 plus, Turnstone, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank 2, Oyster Catcher, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, several Little Egrets, Lesser and Greater Black Back Gull, Long Tailed Tit, Green and Gold Finch.

On arriving home at South Brent a female Reed Bunting came in for the second day running followed later in the afternoon by a male however the highlight was a female Brambling the first I have recorded here (a male did over winter a few years ago). Two Song Thrush, Starling, Jay, four Siskin.

Lesser and Greater Black Back Gulls passing over.

Late afternoon the resident hen Buzzard made a concerted effort to drive off a pair of Raven one of which was carrying a sizable twig, both Raven beat a hasty retreat.

Posted March 13th, 2016 at 8:56 pm by Steve Hopper in Bird News