Saturday, 1 January 2011

North Devon

A male Blackcap in the garden this morning was a treat, later two singing Song Thrushes nearby. At Sherpa Marsh a flock of 100+ Canada Geese, 3 Little Grebes, and then a big flock of Wigeon on the grass - maybe 6/700. Haven't seen this many here in a good few years. Good numbers of Snipe too. In the Velator reserve, very quiet. Wrafton Pond had 3 Pochard and 2 Tufted Duck, and in the field over the Tarka Trail, 7 Shoveler.

Later went out to Baggy Point again. No Dartford Warblers or Lapland Bunting. Off the point 14 Common Scoter, the female Eider, and a Red-throated Diver - 5 more flew south, and a distant Razorbill. In a very calm sea there were good numbers of Porpoises, and attending them were a couple of Kittiwakes. A Fulmar was seen under the cliffs at the point.

A good start to the year with well over 50 species seen.

Happy (and birdy) New Year to you all!