Sunday 01 December – Torbay

Eight BOC members were joined by a couple of local birders to explore the Torbay area and surroundings. Having met on the front at Paignton, we made straight for the Clennon Valley (an inland park area with woodland and ponds) to find a Yellow-browed Warbler that had been in this sheltered valley for a couple of weeks. After some persistence most of the group managed brief glimpses. A walk around the pond area then gave views of more common woodland birds, four duck species, Grey Heron, gulls, Mute Swan, Snipe and Little Grebe. Lunch was consumed whilst sea-watching at Goodrington Sands where we added Gannet, Common Scoter, Oystercatcher, Cormorant, Great-crested Grebe, Shag, Kittiwake and an Auk species to the list. We then moved further south to Broad Sands to catch Cirl Bunting which didn’t disappoint, with excellent views of the brightly coloured males and a few females feeding on the ground. A Great Northern Diver was another highlight here (on the sea). Our final destination was Brixham breakwater where Turnstone and [frame src=”” width=”200″ height=”200″ align=”left” linkstyle=”normal” title=”Purple Sandpiper”] Purple Sandpiper finished the day off nicely.