Monday, 6 January 2014

Brixham Birding Bonanza!

Dave Helliar had a brilliant day on the English Riviera at the weekend. A return visit to Brixham harbour landed brief views of the Iceland gull followed by better views of the still present white-billed diver. In addition there were loads of great northern divers, 2 black-throated divers a long-tailed duck, eider and black guillemot. Also 9 purple sandpipers on the end of the breakwater and a distant red-necked grebe.

Purple sandpiper: Dave Helliar
Long-tailed duck: Dave Helliar
Long-tailed duck: Dave Helliar
Black guillemot: Dave Helliar
Great Northern Diver: Dave Helliar
Eider: Dave Helliar

Just along the coast Broadsands produced the obligatory cirl buntings as well as a Siberian chiffchaff and an amazing 62 great-crested grebes out in the bay!

On the way back Topsham produced a female black redstart and another long-tailed duck at Bowling Green Marsh.

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