R.Taw - off Pottington Ind.Est. 07:00

For the past week I`ve noticed that large numbers of Shelduck have been either roosting or feeding in a ploughed and rolled field at North Down Farm, Bickington, overlooking the Taw on the Penhill side. Numbers have varied between 11 today; 59 on 20th and 56 on the 18th. Today they were accompanied by several hundred corvids and pigeons so must assume they are "scoffin" sown seed crop. Together with Shelduck on the river and Penhill Marsh, numbers are averaging about 120 - 150.

Also today on the foreshore off the Tarka Trail were 2 Bar-tailed Godwit; 1 Whimbrel; just 1 Little Egret and a flock of 10 Common Sandpiper. Reed warblers are singing in Bradiford Reserve and yesterday 5 Little Egret were on the reserve scrape. Also yesterday there were 22 Mute Swan resting/asleep on the mud at rear of RGB.

Posted April 23rd, 2015 at 11:16 am by Maurice Clements in Bird News