I went over to the Powderham Marshes early this morning & found 4 Ruff on the scrapes along with quite a few Greylag Geese , 2 White-Fronted Geese & the Barnacle Goose & on the Exminster Marshes there was 200+ Golden Plover , 200+ Dunlin & 4 Grey Plover .
I then met up with Andy Bond & Dave Hopkins & we headed south for a days birding with the first stop a look for Mandarin on the River Dart at Buckfastleigh as sometimes you may see one there , but to our amazement there were over 30+ male & females !!! & also a Dipper , on then to the River Plym to look for the Spotted Sandpiper & after a bit of a search we thought that we had it as the bird had light yellow legs & the tail looked short for the wings but it had no spots on it & I have since found out that the bird had some.... oh well !!!
On then to Aveton Gifford to look for the juvenile/1st winter Bewick`s Swan & we soon found it from the car as we drove along the road beside the river , so off we went again this time to the Beesands Ley & we saw what we were after 4 redhead Smew along with a few Pochard & Gadwall , & on the sea off of the ley were 2 Black-Throated Diver we were told that there was one there but Hoppo found another one as well , we then finished the day off at Slapton Ley with 3 Black-Necked Grebe , a very good days birding !