Sunday 24 September 2023

Plym Days

News of a Spoonbill and 2 Yellow Wagtails around The Plym on the morning of Thursday 21st September saw me heading out there for a look about that afternoon. As expected the Spoonbill was long gone but I did eventually find the 2 Yellow Wagtails feeding with 14 Pied Wagtails amongst the cattle in Saltram Park. The grass was very long and the birds were well and truly hidden amongst it but occassionally they would fly up into the branches of a nearby dead tree where they showed very nicely if not a little distantly.

Yellow and Pied Wagtail

The only other bird of note seen on my short low tide visit was a mucky feral Greylag Goose roosting out on the mudflats amongst the 100+ Canada Geese present.

I returned the next morning for the high tide roost, the Spoonbill was again a no show and the cattle field was Yellow Wagtail-less but the Pied Wagtails were still present along with at least 12 Meadow Pipit and all were much more visible on the ground as the cows had been doing an amazing job of grazing down the long grass overnight.

The high tide roost on Blaxton Meadow contained 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Greenshank, 2 Dunlin, 27 Curlew, 16 Oystercatcher and a Common Sandpiper along with the usual Redshank. An adult Mediterranean Gull was in amongst the Black-headed Gulls and the mucky Goose was present amongst the Canada Geese, making lots of noise and clearly loved up as it regularly displayed to an obviously smitten Canada Goose.

A few Swallow, a House Martin and a pair of Stonechat were the best of the rest with Small Heath, Common Blue, Red Admiral, Speckled Wood and Large White also seen on what was a very autumnal feeling day.

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