Thursday, 26 April 2012

Slapton Ley

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.