2014 was a good birding year for the patch with 149 species seen, comparing to last year's 158.
The highlights of the winter were Glaucous Gull
, Iceland Gull
and Yellow-legged Gull
all on the estuary, and the returning male Scaup
on Decoy. The Bonaparte's Gull
made a few brief visits to Teignmouth, and two Black-necked Grebe
on Decoy was an amazing record. There was also a scattering on Black Redstarts
around the patch.
|Glaucous Gull by Lee Collins|
provided the most excitement in Spring with one over Teignmouth and one over the Penn Inn roundabout. Arctic Tern
and Balearic Shearwater
were seen on seabird passage, an Osprey
flew over Teignmouth, and a locally rare brief sighting of a single Sanderling
was at Passage House. Again good numbers of Wheatears
were on the racecourse.
In Summer, a Chough
, probably the same on also seen in east Devon, was seen at Shaldon, a Red Kite
was seen over Kingsteignton, and a Great White Egret
flew out of the estuary and over Teignmouth, the first record for the patch. A Mandarin
and a Goosander
were at Newton Abbot town quay and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull
was at Passage House. A Green Sandpiper
was also seen at the Kingsteignton clay pits.
A Curlew Sandpiper
at Flow Point provided the wader highlight for the Autumn. Firecrest
were all seen on return passage with a count of eight Whinchat on the racecourse being a site record. An Osprey
was seen on the estuary which perched at Netherton Point. Autumn seabird passage contained large numbers of Pomarine Skuas
with the highest day count being 37. Two Little Gulls
were also seen offshore along with a Merlin
. The Scaup
made it's return on the 5th October.
The Ring-billed Gull
that was briefly at Passage House provided the highlight to the end of the year with the only other birds of note being two Jack Snipe
also at Passage House and two Black Redstarts