Plymouth Branch Field Trip Reports

Dawlish Warren, 19 November 2016

After a number of days of strong winds and rain the day started with bright sunny weather and little wind. There were 10 members at the field meeting and after a slow walk passed trees and bushes near the Field Centre we made our way to the hide for the high tide. By mid-afternoon the rain started so we all retreated to the café for a hot drink and discussion of the day’s sightings.

There were a number of highpoints during the field meeting these included:

Distance views of a Long Tailed Duck and a Red-throated Diver on the sea

From the hide excellent views of a Great Northern Diver and Grey Plover, Sanderling, Turnstone, Dunlin, and Greenshank.

The trees and bushes near the Field Centre a Barn Owl roosting and a Cirl Bunting pair.

Species list

Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Brent Goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, Mallard, Teal, Common Scoter, Long Tailed Duck, Red-breasted Merganser, Red-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Shag, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Spoonbill, Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Grey Plover, Knot, Sanderling, Turnstone, Dunlin, Redshank, Greenshank, Bar tailed Godwit, Curlew, Black-headed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Barn Owl, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Rock Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Stonechat, Redwing, Blackbird, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Wren, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Greenfinch, Linnet, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting, Cirl Bunting, [60]                                        Compiled by John Lloyd

John O’Connell-Davidson

Kingsmill Lake, 10 December 2016

With the forecast of a dank and rainy day only six of us were tempted out to observe the sights on Kingsmill Lake, part of The Tamar Estuary north of the China Fleet Club.

The consolation was the knowledge that the hide on the south side would offer shelter if the rain became heavier which was the eventual scenario.

Highlights of the day were a pleasing group of twelve Snipe among a flock of Lapwing on the marsh, as well as twenty Avocet on the far side of the inlet in front of the hide as the tide rose.

The rise and fall of a flock of Dunlin were seen flying up the creek towards us. Redshank, Shelduck, Greenshank and Curlew all probed the mud, while Teal, Wigeon, Cormorant and Great Crested Grebe fished in the creek. Grey Heron and Little Egret waded in search of prey in the shallows.

An enjoyable day concluded with a rewarding sight of a Kingfisher flying from the near bank over the water past us several times. Thirty seven species sighted.

Liz Harris

Teal at Kingsmill Lake (Greg Solman)