Saturday, 26 March 2011

Totnes and Slapton

The Hoopoe still early afternoon at Slapton Ley but really elusive. It has now moved up to just south of the Toilet block in the Central car park but on the ley side of the road. It keeps wanting to come back to that area , seen several times perched in the low tress there, but when disturbed flys all the way across the ley to the fields to the right of Ireland Bay. Also Willow Warbler, Cettis' Warbler and Chiffchaff all singing well by the bridge, a few Swallow and Sand Martin passing through and at Torcross a very black backed Lesser Black Backed Gull on the ley.

Earlier, on the River Dart south of Totnes , a Pink footed Goose (found by ML) with 12 Canada Geese viewable from the public footpath on the south side of the river, accessed from near the boat yard. Possibly the same bird that was seen earlier in the winter at South Huish and then Beesands?