Sunday, 17 June 2018

WeBS

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

WeBS

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.

Dunlin

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

Warblers

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.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Hobby and Redstart

Despite reports from elsewhere in Devon indicating a fall of migrants, it never really felt that busy on the coast by Shaldon first thing this morning. The bushes and hedges around the golf course and Bundle Head held only c.10 Blackcap, one Whitethroat and a Willow Warbler, however, the highlight came when a Hobby flew purposely through at 7am, giving great close views.

Walking back to the car along the lanes above the golf course, a female Redstart flashed past my shoulder, disappearing into a hedgerow. Over head were 15+ Swallow and a Swift.

A look over the racecource revealed five Wheatear feeding on the recently cut areas. Two Sedge Warblers were singing from the marshes, the first of spring having been seen yesterday by Will, with five Common Sandpipers also recorded at Passage House on the evening tide.

Hobby
Wheatear

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Migrants

The first two Swifts for the patch flew over Teigngrace together yesterday. Will had five singing Reed Warblers at Hackney Marshes on Sunday, and a small flock of House Martin were over Newton Abbot on the 20th. A good passage of Manx Shearwaters was off Teignmouth on the 15th, with Kev also having an immature Iceland Gull on The Salty on the 13th, and a Red Kite over on the 8th.

Monday, 16 April 2018

WeBS

A fog-affected survey on Saturday afternoon was pretty disappointing both in terms of numbers and variety, with a lack of migrants particularly evident. Totals included 71 Oystercatchers, 46 Shelducks, eight Curlew, six Mute Swans, four Lesser Black-backed Gulls (including an intermedius bird), two Red-breasted Mergansers and singles of Redshank and Common Sandpiper.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Sandwich Terns

Nine Sandwich Terns were fishing off Teignmouth this morning; the first of the year. A Green Woodpecker called in the woods above Shaldon, but no sign of any migrants along the coast. Ten Tufted Ducks were still on Rackerhayes.