Friday, 30 December 2016

Devon Visit - Cirls, Scoters, Guillemots etc 24/12/16

Xmas Eve saw us taking a beautiful walk along the Bovey river near Bovey Tracey. Despite many walkers plus their dogs we managed to see Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher, Dipper, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Redwing etc.
Tuesday 27th December took us to Labrador Bay to catch up with Cirl Buntings and then on to Berry Head and Brixham. We managed to find a good flock of about 20 Cirls which were very flighty but fantastic to find and see.
From the heights of Berry Head we had fantastic views of a large colony of noisy Guillemots, I was surprised to see so many at this time of year. We also spotted a Pheasant on the cliff edge, "Don't do it" we cried!
From the head there were plenty of Gannets and a few Fulmars amongst the waves and lower cliffs. We also had a distant view of a Great Norther Diver and a group of Common Scoter in flying formation.  A couple of surfacing Porpoises also grabbed our attention. A Rock Pipit got very close before being frightened by unsuspecting folk. To be honest we could of scanned the seas for ages but next stop Brixham Harbour for Turnstones.
We could not believe how close you can get to the Turnstones in Brixham Harbour. Fascinating to watch and realise how they got their name as they busily flipped over the pebbles. Only other birds of note were Great Black Backed Gulls and a single Razorbill far out to sea.

   Grey Wagtail

                   Kingfisher female darted up and down river

   Dipper - seen for only seconds before a dog jumped into the river!!!


  Still a few fungi around


   Male Cirl Bunting

                  Female Cirl Bunting

    Cirl Bunting

                   Pheasant on the edge

Guillemot colony


  Gannet - good numbers out to sea

                   Common Scoter flypast- we've never seen a flock like this


   Rock Pipit




   Turnstone - feeding on their mind and oblivious to the people close by


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