A tour of several sites around the estuary this morning began with a visit to Decoy Lake, which turned up adult and juvenile Great Crested Grebes
and two Tufted Ducks
. Next stop was Flow Point for the high tide roost; Oystercatchers
(378) and Curlew
(90+) were plentiful but numbers of other waders disappointing - 3 Greenshanks
, 2 Common Sandpipers
, 4 Ringed Plovers
and a Dunlin
(the latter two species were into double figures this time last year). Nine Turnstones
were roosting on a covered boat at Polly Steps, Teignmouth, and single Wheatears
were noted here and at Flow Point.
I ended up exploring the back lanes behind Shaldon, namely Commons Lane which rises up steeply from Ringmore and is lined with dense, species-rich hedgerows. No sooner had I parked up that a female/juvenile Redstart
flew across the road; an overdue patch tick for me. The area looks good for warblers and other passerines during migration.
Yesterday late afternoon a dozen or so Sandwich Terns
and a Mediterranean Gull
were off Teignmouth seafront, where six Bottlenose Dolphins
passed a short while before I arrived (thanks Ken).
Ringed Plovers, Dunlin and Wheatear - Flow Point