Saturday, 28 January 2017

Devon Birding 28th Jan 2017

Day trip in South Devon started off nicely with my 2nd sighting of the DESERT WHEATEAR on Leas Foot Beach, Thurlestone showing well down to a few feet. A stunning bird full of character. Also present on the beach included 1 Black Redstart, 5 Rock Pipit and a "Scandinavian" type Rock Pipit feeding on insects on the washed up seaweed.

Onwards to Broad Sands and Torbay  produced 12 Cirl Buntings giving excellent views near the Beach Huts/Car Park, several Reed Buntings, Chaffinch and Greenfinch in the hedgerows.
Seawatch off the headland produced 5 Velvet Scoter, 1 Red-necked Grebe, 1 Slavonian Grebe and 150+ Great Crested Grebe.

Quick look off Man Sands produced the 1st year male Surf Scoter with the large Common Scoter flock. Little else of note apart from 2 Kittiwake and 1 Fulmar offshore.

On route back to Dorset we stopped off near Stover Country Park where we located several Waxwings in a housing estate near British Ceramic Tile Factory. The flock flew to the A38 and joined more Waxwings feeding on Rosehips on the Central Reservation of the Dual Carriageway. We watched 15 Waxwing giving great views for an hour before calling into Stover Park where we had Crossbill and 2 Marsh Tit.

Superb birds, superb locations and bonus of 15 Waxwings to finish off a fantastic day trip through Devon.

Desert Wheatear

Desert Wheatear

Cirl Bunting

Female Cirl Bunting

Reed Bunting


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