Plymouth Branch Visit to West Charleton Marsh, near Kingsbridge

10th January 2018

A great birding day was had by the 15 members who attended this meeting. Nobody
fell in the very muddy conditions for a start! The sewage works area is always worth
an inspection and at least 6 chiffchaff were present, a gold crest and a redwing and
also 20+ fieldfare flew over and landed in a nearby tree. Jacki’s sharp eyes found a
fire crest – only seen by a few. A grey wagtail and 2 blackcap were found when we
returned to our cars.
On route to the hide 2 male cirl buntings were spotted and seen by half the group,
which had divided up so that viewing from the hide would be more comfortable.
A stonechat was also easily seen.
The feeders at the hide made easy viewing of various tits, 2 reed bunting and
eventually a water rail. The bay held plenty of widgeon and 2 pintail and 5 shoveler
with 4 red breasted merganser.
Some of the group stopped off at Bowcombe creek on the way home and were
rewarded by good views of a kingfisher, red breasted merganser and greenshank.
Over 50 different species of bird were seen and our thanks go to the volunteers who
maintain the hide and keep the feeders full at the marsh.

Lesley Goonesekera