Plymouth Branch visit to Topsham and Bowling Green Marsh

9th March 2018

After a number of days of showers and rain the day was mostly cloudy with a gentle breeze.  There were 13 members at the field meeting which started at the Holman Way car park.  From the car park the first stop was the Quay at Topsham for views from the over the river.   This was followed by a slow walk from Quay car park, along the Strand to the Goatwalk to the hide at Bowling Green for the high tide roost .  The water levels on the marsh in front of the hide were higher than expected as the sluice had become defective.  This did not stop the group enjoying good views of a large flock of Avocet, over 15 snipe and distance views of a kingfisher.   By early afternoon the rain had set in for the day so after lunch in the hide the group walked towards Goosemoor, where the rain shortened the meeting as we all agreed that we should call it a day.

Although the weather was not enjoyable the birding we all agreed was very good with a total of 57 species observed.                               

 John O’Connell – Davidson

  1. Mute Swan
  2. Brent Goose
  3. Canada Goose
  4. Shelduck
  5. Wigeon
  6. Mallard
  7. Pintail
  8. Shoveler
  9. Teal
  10. Pochard
  11. Tufted Duck
  12. Red-breasted Merganser
  13. Little Grebe
  14. Cormorant
  15. Little Egret
  16. Grey Heron
  17. Peregrine
  18. Moorhen
  19. Coot
  20. Avocet
  21. Grey Plover
  22. Lapwing
  23. Dunlin
  24. Green Sandpiper
  25. Redshank
  26. Greenshank
  27. Black-tailed Godwit
  28. Bar-tailed Godwit
  29. Curlew
  30. Snipe
  31. Common Gull
  32. Herring Gull
  33. Great Black-backed Gull
  34. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  35. Black-headed Gull
  36. Feral Pigeon
  37. Wood Pigeon
  38. Collared Dove
  39. Kingfisher
  40. Pied Wagtail
  41. Dunnock
  42. Robin
  43. Redwing
  44. Fieldfare
  45. Blackbird
  46. Wren (heard)
  47. Great Tit
  48. Blue Tit
  49. Long-tailed Tit
  50. Magpie
  51. Jackdaw
  52. Carrion Crow
  53. Starling
  54. House Sparrow
  55. Chaffinch
  56. Goldfinch
  57. Greenfinch