Avon Estuary - Black Swans

4 Black Swans amongst the many mute swans, on the Avon Estuary, viewable from the tidal road, this morning until 12.30hrs when disturbed by paddle boarders. First seen at this location by Mike Passman and Rodney Bone yesterday morning. Have not been seen here many times before. The birds are not bearing rings and have the characteristic smaller size and red bill of the species, however when they flew off they showed a degree of white in the wings. Their origin is unknown, but to me, do not look like the same birds present on Slapton Ley last year. 2 ringed plover ,1 dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper and a few curlew also present.

4 Black Swan -Avon Estuary - 19.8.2017 Black Swan taking off showing white in wing - Avon-19.8.2017 Common Sandpiper - Avon Estuary
4 Black Swan -Avon Estuary - 19.8.2017   Black Swan taking off showing white in wing - Avon-19.8.2017

Common Sandpiper - Avon Estuary

Ed. White primaries and outer secondaries is normal for Black Swan.

Posted August 19th, 2017 at 2:48 pm by David Pakes in Bird News