Plymouth Branch Field Meeting Report

Posted March 24th, 2017 at 3:15 pm

Topsham and Bowling Green Marsh 6th March 2017

With heavy rain forecast throughout the day 6 intrepid birders met started at Holman Way car park SX968881 for what they hoped would be a day’s birding without getting too wet. In the event the weather was kind and a good birding was achieved.  

We started at the Key at Topsham Quay car park before walking along the road towards the Marsh. First stop was the viewing platform overlooking the river at SX 97284 87296 where we had very good views of a Common Seal eating a large Mullet.   Moving on to the Bowling Green Marsh hide for an hour either side of high water before walking to the NCN Goosemoor & River Clyst Bridge path for views across the moor.  

Bird list

  1. Wood pigeon
  2. Collared dove
  3. Carrion crow
  4. Canada goose
  5. Robin
  6. House sparrow
  7. Dunnock
  8. Starling
  9. Blue tit
  10. Great tit
  11. Goldfinch
  12. Blackbird
  13. Blackheaded Gull
  14. Herring Gull
  15. Red-breasted Merganser – 6
  16. Teal
  17. Feral pigeon
  18. Redshank
  19. Avocet
  20. Blacktailed Godwit
  21. Cormorant
  22. Pied Wagtail
  23. Dunlin
  24. Golden Plover – 500 to 1000
  25. Curlew
  26. Mute swan
  27. Shelduck
  28. Mallard
  29. Grey plover – 10+
  30. Song Thrush – 1
  31. Common Gull – 2
  32. Magpie
  33. Jay
  34. Wigeon
  35. Moorhen
  36. Bartailed Godwit
  37. Shoveler
  38. Goldcrest
  39. Snipe
  40. Pintail
  41. Lapwing
  42. Coot
  43. Tufted duck – c. 5
  44. Little Grebe – 3
  45. Little Egret – 1 or 2
  46. Buzzard – 3
  47. Sand Martin – 2
  48. Greenfinch
  49. Chaffinch
  50. Grey heron
  51. Greenshank – c.7
  52. Spotted Redshank – 1
  53. Water Rail – 1 heard

Mammals

Red fox – 1

Common Seal – 1 Medium sized; eating a Thick-lipped grey Mullet.

John O'Connell-Davidson