Saturday, 10 May 2014

GNDs on the move

I made the effort to get up and out early this morning for a seawatch at Teignmouth from 05:40-07:10. The highlight was a decent total of 10 Great Northern Divers - 2 on the sea, 4 south, 1 north and 3 which arrived from the north then circled and headed high up the estuary. All but one were in full breeding plumage. Also noted were 31 Kittiwakes, 7 Sandwich Terns, 11 Shelducks, 24 Dunlin, 5 Whimbrel (the waders flying into the estuary), 9 auk sp and singles of Great Crested Grebe, Guillemot, Black-headed Gull and Wheatear, the latter arriving 'in-off' and perching on the sea wall briefly. A quick look at Coombe Cellars on the way back revealed singing Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler around the edge of the reedbed.

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