Thursday, 24 November 2011

R.Taw between Pottington and Penhill Marsh.

14:15 - 15:30

Good numbers of birds on the river this afternoon incl:-

c1500 Lapwing; c400 Curlew; c100 Dunlin and c130 Wigeon.

On Penhill Marsh were c300-400 Canada Geese plus the 2 hybrid Snow/Barnacle or
Ross`s/Barnacle pair; 9 Greylags and c30 Dark-bellied Brent.
On the Pottington side was a solitary Grey Plover and a Sparrowhawk flying across to Hollacombe being chased by a Gull.
A flock of c3000 Golden Plover were constantly being disturbed by a twin-engined aircraft doing repeated approaches and checking out Chivenor`s navigation beacons. At times while the birds were still in the air, the aircraft actually flew through the aerial Plovers and several were seen to be being tossed about by the aircraft`s slipstream. I`d be surprised it it got away without a birdstrike.