Thursday 14 April 2011

Slapton 13th April

Today we were supposed to travel up to Bude in North Cornwall to put the awning up on the caravan but the weather forecast was for wet and windy weather so we headed out to Slapton for a walk before the rain hit South Devon.

We parked up in Slapton village and walked along the Ley to Torcross and back and the rain started just as we got back to the car which was lucky. Blackcaps and chiffchaffs were heard singing and at least 2 Cettis warblers were also heard belting out their song but they kept hidden in the undergrowth. Swallows, house and sand martins were hawking over the Ley, some of the swallows chasing each other in courtship. 2 pairs of gadwall were seen along with tufted ducks and great crested grebes. 4 Sandwich terns were seen offshore fishing. Reed warblers were chuntering away in the reeds and a few individuals were seen down at the base of the reeds, quite a plain bird but quite attractive to watch.

A shared bacon butty and a piece of coffee and pecan cake and a piece of snickers roulade with a cup of tea at the Sea Breeze cafe was very tasty, at least it was open today unlike our last visit.

Starting a seven day stretch at work tomorrow, haven't done that many shifts together for a while so it's going to be fun. And no birdwatching for 7 days either!

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