Monday, 3 January 2011

Start Bay

Just started to drive along the 'line' when a Bittern rose from the reeds and flew towards top of marsh.
 Intently scanning the sea at Torcross when startled by the stern voice of a traffic warden....turned out to be Perry, - so same report as his for here! Moved on to Prawle, and at Horsely cove, Water pipit, Ringed plover, 2 Grey plover, 2 Redshank, 8 Turnstone, 7 Oystercatcher, a pair of Mallard and a Red head Goosander. Other species taking advantage of, presumably the invertebrates in the seaweed, were varying numbers of Rock pipits Pied wagtails Starlings Robins and Blackbirds. c. 300 Gannets plunge diving into Start race, 20 or 30 at a time - spectacular. Good views through the scope' of the Grey plovers picking winkles off the rocks and downing them whole.