Sunday, 15 July 2018


A juvenile Little Ringed Plover at Passage House was the highlight of this morning's count. It took flight as the tide pushed it off, giving its distinctive call. Other totals from around the estuary included 41 Mute Swans, 31 Canada Geese, three adult Shelducks with a total of 13 young, 21 Little Egrets, c.500 Black-headed Gulls, one juvenile Mediterranean Gull, two Sandwich Terns, 69 Oystercatchers, 63 Curlew, 6 Whimbrel, 6 Common Sandpipers and singles of Redshank and Greenshank.

Friday, 6 July 2018

The ants are back

The first large emergence of flying ants this saw hundreds of gulls hawking offshore and over the estuary at Teignmouth, including three Mediterranean Gull, two adults and a first summer. Also feeding high above the estuary a flock of at least 95 Swift, a very welcome sight although sadly very few of them will have been local birds.

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Et 2 brute

The second juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was on the Salty this evening, this one a beast of a bird dwarfing adjacent Herring gulls.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Autumn arrivals

The birding seasons are changing even if the weather isn't. The first juvenile Yellow-legged Gull of the year was on the Salty, fresh in from continent. The other sure-fire sign of autumn was a returning Common Sandpiper also at the east end of the estuary.

Sunday, 17 June 2018


Returning waders are already starting to make an appearance with eight Curlew joining 13 Oystercatchers on Flow Point at high tide yesterday morning. Other totals between there and Passage House included 40 Mute Swans, 10 Little Egrets, three Grey Herons, three Shags, two pairs of Shelducks with three and seven young, 100 Herring Gulls and six Black-headed Gulls.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Passage House

Over the high tide yesterday evening were 39 Mute Swans, two pairs of Shelducks with six and eight young, a female Mallard with seven young, a pair of Canada Geese with five young, four Little Egrets and a lone Oystercatcher.

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Breeding Ravens

Very little of note over the bank holiday weekend although there was confirmation that a pair of Ravens nesting in a tree at Teigngrace had successfully raised at least two young.

Sunday, 20 May 2018


Counts from around the estuary included, one Whimbrel, 21 Oystercatcher, two Dunlin, six Little Egret, one Grey Heron, 25 Mute Swan, 13 Shelduck, 44 Herring Gull and one Black-headed Gull.


Friday, 11 May 2018

Manx Shearwaters

Seawatching 16:15 - 19:00 saw a good sustained passage of 664 Manx Shearwaters, even with the encroachment of mist over the horizon halfway through the watch. Three Arctic Skuas also flew south, the latter two dark phase birds passing fairly close at 18:30. Other totals included 31 Kittiwake, 20 Sandwich Tern, four Fulmar, seven Whimbrel, c.50 auk sp. and a Red-throated Diver.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018


A census of warblers at Hackney Marshes yesterday morning included eight singing Reed Warblers, two Sedge Warblers, four Blackcaps and three Chiffchaffs. A pair of Reed Buntings was seen gathering nest material. Later an hours' stroll along The Lea between Bishopsteignton and Teignmouth produced four House Martins, two Swifts, three Skylarks, four Buzzards and a pair of Sparrowhawks.