Sunday, 17 September 2017

Avocets

It is rare to see Avocets on the Teign outside of the winter months, so two at Flow Point this evening were noteworthy. On a relatively low high tide other waders included six Ringed Plovers, five Dunlin and two Common Sandpipers.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Commic Terns

Seawatching this evening from 17:30 - 19:30: One Great Skua, one Manx Shearwater, one auk sp., seven Common Tern, 48 "commic" terns (including a flock of 35), 273 Kittiwakes and a possible distant Little Gull.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

WeBS

No sign of the Green Sandpiper this morning but counts between Passage House and Salcombe Dip included 376 Oystercatchers, 84 Curlew, 27 Redshanks, 11 Greenshanks, 10 Common Sandpipers, three Dunlin, just two Ringed Plovers, 41 Little Egrets, 31 Mute Swans, 16 Cormorants, five Little Grebes, two Shelducks and a Kingfisher. The Oystercatchers roosting by the railway were all put up by what I was hoping would be an Osprey but turned out to be one of the local Peregrines.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Dusk at Passage

The first Green Sandpiper of the year was at Passage House on the rising tide this evening with at least eight very vocal Common Sandpiper and six Greenshank, other waders were noticeable by their absence. Also present a Kingfisher, four Little Grebe, several squealing Water Rail and a couple of Sedge Warbler.

Monday, 4 September 2017

Whinchats

Two Whinchats were on the central railings on the racecource this afternoon with two Wheatears. Two Common Sandpipers were at Passage House and three White Wagtails dropped in with a group of Pied Wagtails.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Stormies and possible Long-tailed Skuas

Seawatching today from 06:40 - 14:00 in south-easterlies didn't produce a great quantity of birds with much of the time spent staring at a birdless sea. There was however a nice mix of species including good numbers of skuas and two European Storm Petrels, one of which passed within a couple of hundred metres. Totals below:

Arctic Skua - 9
Great Skua - 1
Pomarine Skua - 2
Skua sp. - 7 (Including two possible Long-tailed Skuas. One flew north at 08:45, the other went south at 13:00 a minute after three Arctics, and was noticablly smaller with a bouyant tern-like flight. The timing would have matched perfectly with a pale juvenile Long-tailed Skua which passed Berry Head at 13:55, but for the fact that I couldn't pick out any pale on my bird!)
Balearic Shearwater - 5 (all passing relitively close)
Common Tern - 2
Sandwich Tern - 20
Kittiwake - 100
Common Scoter - 138

Later in the afternoon at Flow Point, there were four Dunlin, 16 Ringed Plover, 10 Redshank, five Common Sandpiper (one at Passage House) and a Wheatear. A Common Tern was on one of the buoys with a dozen Sandwich Terns also present.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Unseasonable Redwing

A juvenile Redwing was a surprise during an early morning visit to Bundle Head on Monday. It was associating with a group of 5-6 Song Thrushes so it may have arrived with them. Five Tree Pipits moved through, with three dropping into the top of an ash tree briefly before moving on, and a Spotted Flycatcher showed briefly by the coast path. Also noted were 15+ Blackcaps, nine Chiffchaffs, three Goldcrests, two Whitethroats, a Willow Warbler and a Stoat.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Wheatears

Four Wheatears were on the racecourse this morning, which is unfortunately becoming increasingly difficult to view from the foot/cycle path due to vegetation growth. Also six Mistle Thrushes and several mixed flocks of Swallows, Linnets and Goldfinches.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

WeBS

An enjoyable late afternoon and early evening counting over the high tide. Wader numbers were up with a good mix of passage and returning birds: 363 Oystercatchers, 48 Curlew, 19 Redshanks, 14 Dunlin, 10 Greenshanks, nine Common Sandpipers, four Ringed Plovers and two Whimbrel. Other totals between Passage House and Flow Point included 33 Mute Swans, 26 Little Egrets, five immature Shelducks, five Little Grebes, two Water Rails and two Kingfishers.

Ringed Plover (juvenile), Passage House

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Black-tailed Godwits

Two juvenile Black-tailed Godwits and a Whimbrel were with the Curlew flock at Passage House yesterday morning. Other waders included five Common Sandpipers and five Dunlin, and the first Kingfisher of the autumn was at Flow Point.