South Efford Marsh etc

Went to South Efford this morning, waders in the area included 6 Greenshanks, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits and 9 Common Sandpipers. Also saw a Cattle Egret, 18 Teals, a young Peregrine ( harassing the Common Sands ),  Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail and a few White Wagtails. Good nos of hirundines including a single Sand Martin. Next looked in on the Kingsbridge Estuary from Embankment Road as the tide was coming in. Present here were107 Dunlins, 76 Redshanks, 8 Ringed Plovers, 7 Bar-tailed Godwits and 3 Mediterranean Gulls. Then onto Beesands ley for the September WeBS count which was the best for a while with 82 Gadwalls, 23 Tufted Ducks and 86 Coots. All very nervous so probably an Otter around. A kingfisher gave a stunning view right in front of the hide fishing from an airbourne hovering start. Round at Slapton and some explanation why wildfowl numbers are up at Beesands. Water is a pea green colour, worst algal bloom I have noticed here before. Out in the bay 14 scattered Common Scoter. Rounded off the birding by going back around to North Hallsands beach. Out of nowhere a few hundred hirundines went by and included a couple Sand Martins.

Posted September 15th, 2017 at 5:18 pm by Perry Sanders in General Birding