Monday, 12 June 2017

Waderless WeBS

No waders whatsoever seen on yesterday's WeBS count. Other birds included 18 Little Egret, 24 Shelduck, 11 Cormorant, five Grey Heron, 26 Mute Swan and six Black-headed Gull.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

10 minute Seawatch

A very quick look offshore before 8pm saw a single Storm Petrel and 27 Manx Shearwater head south, along with a drake Mallard -  a rare bird at the eastern end of the patch the last couple of years.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Evening Storm Petrel(s)

Seawatching from 18:45 to 20:30 was productive in strong southerly winds. Manx Shearwater passage (totalling 115+) remained steady for the whole watch, with the majority passing very close for Teignmouth standards. This boded well for my chances of seeing Storm Petrels, and sure enough, at 19:10, one flew south giving fairly good views. At 19:45, it or another flew quickly north at a much closer range, and hence I only managed to follow it for a few seconds. A flock of four Pomarine Skuas took off from the sea at 19:50, and remained in the area chasing Kittiwakes for the following 30 minutes. A small skua sp. also flew south along with 20+ Fulmar and 20+ Kittiwakes.

Robin Shute watched from 07:40 to 12:05 and counted 16 Common Scoter, 250 Gannet and 266 Manx Shearwater, bringing the day's total for this species up to 381+; a record count for Teignmouth.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Orchids

With the only birds of note at Passage House over at high tide being a brood of 10 newly fledged Shelduck, I thought I'd continue the recent theme of orchids, with these Bee and Pyramidal Orchids at Aller Brook LNR.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Red Kite

A Red Kite was picked up circling to the north of Newton Abbot late this morning before gaining height and heading off to the west.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Bundle Head

Very quiet along the coast yesterday morning - just a handful of Linnets and Whitethroats, the resident raptors overhead and a Shelduck that flew into the estuary from the direction of Torbay. So quiet that I took to photographing the scenery and botany with this Early Purple Orchid (left) the highlight.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Warblers and WeBS

Plenty of birdsong at Hackney Marshes this morning including ten Reed Warblers, three Sedge Warblers, five Chiffchaffs, four Blackcaps and two Reed Buntings; futher Sedge Warblers were singing on the racecourse and at Passage House. On the estuary between here and Flow Point there was little to get excited about: 46 Oystercatchers, three Whimbrel, one Curlew, five Sandwich Terns, 11 Little Egrets, 17 Shelducks, 24 Mute Swans and a female Mallard with five young.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Sandwich Terns

At least ten Sandwich Terns were between Passage House and Flow Point this afternoon. Waders included two Whimbrel, two Common Sandpiper, a Greenshank and nine Oystercatcher.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Skuas

Seawatching from 07:00 - 11:00: The first hour saw the majority of passage, with four Great Northern Divers, two diver sp. (possibly Black-throated Divers) and a Great Skua flying south. A possible Sabine's Gull was picked up fairly distantly offshore at 7:20, before flying in a direct line out to sea. It was smaller than nearby Kittiwakes, having a bouyant tern-like flight style, but lacked the agility and wingbeat speed of Little Gull. An immature pale morph Pomarine Skua later flew south at 9:10, followed by a dark morph Arctic Skua at 10:40. Four Manx Shearwaters were also seen distantly on the horizon.

Other counts included; three Eider (one immature male and two females), 30+ Sandwich Tern, 29 Common Scoter, two Dark-bellied Brent Geese, two Great Crested Grebe, one male Red-breasted Merganser, 200+ auks, 5+ Fulmar, 40+ Kittiwake , three Common Gulls and 24 Black-headed Gull.

With lack of any seawatching photos, here are some Green-winged Orchids just off patch at Labrador Bay yesterday.

Monday, 24 April 2017

More migrants

Three female Wheatears were on the racecourse yesterday morning, visible from the path on the southern side. Nearby Hackney Marshes produced six Reed Warblers but still no Sedge Warblers. In the evening the first three Swifts of the year flew over my house in Kingsteignton along with five House Martins.