Thursday, 26 April 2012

Slapton Ley

08:30-14:30.
Miserable weather on arrival, southwest wind and rain with little shelter at Torcross. Good numbers of Gannets and Fulmars in Start Bay but nothing matching the excitment elsewhere, all i saw were a couple of Sandwich Terns and a couple of Brent Geese ( too distance to assign to race ) heading south. Walked down the beach towards the central car park and came across 20+ Wheatears, the males were big and bright suggesting they were Greenlands. Good numbers of Swallows moving through with some House Martins and Swifts.The highlight of the day was a singing Nightingale unseen in the bushes and trees on the leyside of the road c 400 metres south of the central car park.First heard at 10:00 it never sang with great vigour but still giving out odd snatches until 12:00 at least.  Other noteworthy birds were the suspected usual female Marsh Harrier and a great compact flock of 4 Great Northen Divers c200 metres offshore which included 3 in summer plumage.