Plymouth Branch Field Trip to South Devon on 10 Jan

A group of nine Devon Bird members found themselves defying the elements at Brixham Breakwater on a fresh but clear Saturday morning. Three Purple Sandpiper had tucked themselves into the lea of the breakwater whilst we fought the keen wind and squalls.  Two Guillemots sheltered amongst the moored yachts.   Both Shag and Cormorant dried themselves on the pontoons, while Turnstone were scampering near the feet of passersby on the quay.   Far out to sea the white of the Gannets transected the white capped waves as they dived for sprats.

A visit to the local restaurant allowed us to avoid the remaining showers as the wind softened.  Some of the group moved onto Broadsands where Cirl Bunting fed near the beach huts of the second car park.  A Yellow-browed Warbler was identified by a patient few whilst two Velvet Scoter, a Great Crested Grebe and a Great Northern Diver were spotted out to sea.

Liz Harris