Plymouth Branch Field Meeting at Soar on 13th October 2018

Posted October 16th at 3:40 pm in Plymouth Branch Field Meeting by Inga Page

The presence of storm Callum meant the turn out met all expectations: few attendees and few birds.  The absence of rain meant that the two of us decided to see if any “goodies” were to be found in Starehole Valley.  There were plenty of Herring Gulls and some Great Black Backed Gulls to view as we walked to the farm.  Approaching the valley, a Raven was heard and seen but smaller birds were only heard, until a Snipe was put up by two National Trust workers.   Later a Kestrel and a Peregrine were seen along with a few Blue Tits.

Thinking Thurlestone would be more sheltered, we made our way there.  Certainly more birds were seen including 3 small tern, which on close examination were probably Common Tern. Identification was not easy when standing or keeping the scope still in the wind.  Many Black Headed Gulls were riding the waves but the only waders were Oystercatchers.   

As the rain arrived it was time to make our way home.

Lesley Goonesekera