Naturelog: 21st February

Broadsands Bay
Broadsands Bay

Keith and I have made the journey down to Torbay in Devon for a few days birdwatching. On our first day, we make our way to Broadsands Bay in hope of Cirl Bunting. I last saw this bird at the southern tip of Devon about 25 years ago. At that point, it was just hanging on and many people thought in would become extinct in the UK. Thankfully conservation organisations along with local enthusiasts decided to try and reverse this situation and although it is still limited to south Devon and east Cornwall, the population is now healthy. One of the key sites for winter roosting is at Broadsands between Brixham and Paignton.

We began by walking along the bay. Northern Fulmar and Northern Gannet were flying out in the bay, but there was no sign of the Divers or Grebes which had been present the previous week. Great Cormorant and European Shag were seen close to the cliff face.On arriving at the Cirl Bunting site we began to search the hedgerows for these attractive birds with their Yellow and Black Striped heads and it was not long before a male was found in a tree. Over the next hour, we were treated to some excellent views as they perched in the hedgerow.

Cirl Bunting
Cirl Bunting
Cirl Bunting
Cirl Bunting
Cirl Bunting
Cirl Bunting








Towards lunchtime, it began to go quiet and so we decided to walk back along the coast to Brixham. why is it that maps don’t show the ups and downs!!! It was much harder than we anticipated but eventually, we made it back to Brixham where we saw another European Shag in the harbour along with a large flock of Herring Gulls.

European Shag
Herring Gull
Herring Gull

Common Pheasant [sp] (Phasianus colchicus)
Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Fulmar [sp] (Fulmarus glacialis)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus)
European Shag [sp] (Phalacrocorax aristotelis)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Eurasian Oystercatcher [sp] (Haematopus ostralegus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
European Herring Gull [sp] (Larus argentatus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Jay [sp] (Garrulus glandarius)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Long-tailed Tit [sp] (Aegithalos caudatus)
Goldcrest [sp] (Regulus regulus)
Eurasian Wren [sp] (Troglodytes troglodytes)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Mistle Thrush [sp] (Turdus viscivorus)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
European Stonechat [sp] (Saxicola rubicola)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
Dunnock [sp] (Prunella modularis)
Pied Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla alba)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)
European Greenfinch [sp] (Carduelis chloris)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Cirl Bunting (Emberiza cirlus)

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