Monday, 13 February 2017


Good numbers of birds on the estuary this morning but a very strong easterly wind and choppy water made viewing conditions a little challenging. There were close to a thousand gulls at Passage House including 16 Common Gulls and three Lesser Black-backed Gulls but unfortunately no white-wingers. Another two LBBs were at Flow Point, suggesting a light movement. Other counts between Passage House and Salcombe Dip included 18 Red-breasted Mergansers, 48 Shelducks, four Wigeon, 13 Cormorants, 380 Oystercatchers, 65 Curlew, 35 Dunlin, 24 Lapwings, just 10 Redshanks, seven Ringed Plovers, four Avocets, two Greenshanks and two Bar-tailed Godwits. Yesterday there were 23 Turnstones and three Cormorants off Teignmouth Back Beach, and a Peregrine flew low over the eastern side of Kingsteignton.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Super Saturday

Twelve Waxwings were reported flying north over the racecourse at 10:15 this morning; despite several checks of berry bushes around Tesco and the Kingsteignton retail outlets there was no further sign. These were presumably the Heathfield birds wandering as they were not reported there today to my knowledge. Also the Bonaparte's Gull made its first appearance of the year along Teignmouth seafront, but there was no sign soon after. Three Great Northern Diver and a female Eider were offshore.

This afternoon Mark Bailey had five Avocets and an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull at Passage House, and I caught up with three of the Teigngrace Cattle Egrets in a field along the track to Blatchford Farm with 16 Little Egrets. Although not visible in the shot below, each Cattle Egret had begun to develop a hint of an orange crown.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

January late news

Yesterday Cilla Ingram reported the Siberian Chiffchaff again present in trees at Cricketfield car park along with four collybita Chiffchaffs and a Goldcrest still for company. Also a Grey Wagtail flew down the River Lemon and four Avocets, c.30 Dunlin and a Common Sandpiper were seen from Passage House.

Monday, 30 January 2017


...or to put it another way, a brief look off Teignmouth late afternoon showed a Great Northern Diver, a Great-crested Grebe and five Long-tailed Duck. The latter were flying south presumably back to Labrador Bay. The Grey Seal was in the estuary with 11 Turnstone.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Sibe Chiff still

One Siberian Chiffchaff showed well in the trees at Cricketfield car park, Newton Abbot this morning alongside four collybita Chiffchaffs and a Goldcrest. On the adjacent River Lemon a Dipper was singing under the bridge by Albany Vets.

Off Teignmouth seafront single Great Northern and Red-throated Diver, 20 Common Scoter, 10 Great-crested Grebe and a Grey Seal. South of the recording area six Long-tailed Duck, 50+ Common & two Velvet Scoter and around a dozen Eider were off Labrador Bay. 

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Small is beautiful

Three Dark-bellied Brent Geese, two ads and a juv, were on The Salty late afternoon with 284 Oystercatcher and three Shelduck, Also in the estuary single Razorbill and Teal - the latter a rare bird in Teignmouth.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Siberian Chiffchaffs

Two Siberian Chiffchaffs, two collybita Chiffchaffs and a Goldcrest were in the line of trees bordering the Cricketfield Carpark by Albany Vets, Newton Abbot this morning. The second seemed to arrive in a tit flock about an hour after I found the first, but then remained with the other Chiffchaffs for the following half an hour I watched them, giving good views down to a couple of metres.

Rear-end comparison - tristis left, collybita right
Gleaming white in the sunshine...
...looking a bit Red-breasted Flycatcher-like

Thursday, 19 January 2017

20 Eiders

A flock of seven Eider (6f, 1m) flew north early this afternoon, presumably the same birds that were later seen off Otterton. Six more Eiders (5f, 1m) were on the sea, and a further seven females flew in from the south to land distantly offshore making a total of 20.

Sunday, 15 January 2017


Totals this morning included 407 Oystercatchers, 64 Curlew, 52 Dunlin, 43 Redshanks, 19 Lapwings, five Ringed Plovers, five Common Sandpipers, three Bar-tailed Godwits, 17 Mute Swans, 50 Shelducks, 23 Red-breasted Mergansers, 20 Teal and 8 Wigeon. The Water Pipit remains at Flow Point. Gulls at Passage House comprised 370 Black-headed Gulls, 125 Herring Gulls, 20 Great Black-backed Gulls, nine Common Gulls and a Lesser Black-backed Gull. Kev had a Great Skua off Teignmouth early afternoon.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Velvet Scoters

Four Velvet Scoters flew south past Teignmouth at 3:50 this afternoon; these were presumably the same birds seen flying off from Broadsands this morning. No divers on the sea but three Razorbills and a group of 6-7 Common Dolphins to the north looked like they were foraging. At Polly Steps 17 Turnstones was a good count around the slipway.