Monday 31 October 2016

Morning at the Ness

An early morning look for the Yellow-browed Warbler at the Ness was unsuccessful with just a few Goldcrest around the wood and a group of 17 Redwing dropping in from high. A walk round to the viewpoint proved worthwhile though with a group of eight Eider sat offshore, an excellent patch record. The lone Wigeon sat with them was also looking slightly out of place.

Sunday 30 October 2016

Yellow-browed Warbler

A brief, unseen, but very vocal Yellow-browed Warbler was around the entrance to Shaldon Zoo at 2.40pm this afternoon. It then presumably disappeared like a needle into the haystack that is The Ness and wasn't seen or heard thereafter. Also one Firecrest.

Thursday 20 October 2016


Totals from between Passage House and Salcombe Dip this morning included a Pintail, four Wigeon, eight Little Grebes, 27 Little Egrets, 103 Curlew, 38 Redshanks, nine Greenshanks, eight Ringed Plovers, five Lapwings, four Snipe, three Turnstones, three Common Sandpipers and singles of Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin and Kingfisher. Oystercatchers were again conspicuous by their absense with just seven noted.

Sunday 16 October 2016


There were at least two Firecrests at The Ness this afternoon (Will had three on Wednesday) keeping well hidden in the Holm Oaks. Apart from that, just three Goldcrests.

Sunday 9 October 2016


Yesterday, there were two Wigeon on the estuary off Netherton. One Black-tailed and two Bar-tailed Godwit remain with 90 Curlew, and other counts include eight Greenshank, five Redshank, three Common Sandpiper, four Lapwing and five Lesser Black-backed Gull. The first three Tufted Duck of the autumn were also on Decoy Lake.

Juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull
Wildfowl on the Teign
This morning, a check of Teigngrace didn't produce many birds, just a small flock of Canada Geese and a few gulls.

This afternoon, a look around The Ness was quiet at first, but soon a tit flock moved through containing two Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, two Goldcrest and five Coal Tits. A quick scan over the sea revealed three Dark-bellied Brents flying around distantly offshore, the first of the year.

Brent Geese

Wednesday 5 October 2016


Robin Shute found two Spoonbills roosting at Passage House this morning, the first record since 2009. I managed to whizz down to see them at midday, and they were later reported at 14:15 having just been flushed by another Osprey! Whether or not they'll have stayed on the estuary, we'll have to see.