Monday 2 January 2017

Water Pipit, Avocet, Med Gull

A decent half day out on patch helped boost the year list and turned up a number of local scarcities. The highlight was an elusive Water Pipit in the saltmarsh at Flow Point alongside three Rock Pipits. Nearby a Green Woodpecker was in a tree at Jack's Patch and c.50 Teal flew out from a lagoon behind the railway. The falling tide at Passage House revealed a good selection of waders including an Avocet, two Greenshanks, 30+ Dunlin and the three wintering Bar-tailed Godwits. A lone Cattle Egret was in the Teigngrace solar panel field at lunchtime with a second bird seen in flight; up to three were reported during the morning. Finally from Teignmouth yacht club early afternoon an adult Mediterranean Gull flew north, ten Eiders (three males, seven females) were bobbing about near the pier and a Peregrine was patrolling the cliffs towards Holcombe.

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