Monday 26 February 2018

Bonaparte's in flight

The Bonaparte's Gull was again showing well along the seaward side of The Point with 20+ Black-headed Gulls and eight Common Gulls, however there was no sign of the Iceland Gull.

Bonaparte's Gull - all shots digiscoped.

Saturday 24 February 2018

Iceland Gull

A second-winter Iceland Gull was loafing about on the sea just of The Point in Teignmouth this morning. Thanks to Mark Bailey for the find. The Bonaparte's Gull was also present throughout; at times, perching right next to the Iceland Gull - a nice pairing, and a rare sight together in Britain.

Eight Tufted Duck were on Decoy Lake along with a pair of courting Great Crested Grebes.

Iceland Gull (2W)
Iceland Gull (left), Bonaparte's Gull (right)
Iceland Gull (left), Herring Gull (right)

Thursday 22 February 2018

Whitewinger at last

Despite the regular sightings in Brixham and a couple of records from the Exe so far this winter has seen no hint of any Glaucous or Iceland Gull on the Teign. However the obligatory scan of Herring Gull pre-roost on the Salty this evening was rewarded by an Iceland Gull, probably third-winter, amongst the throng.

Saturday 17 February 2018


A Mediterranean Gull and seven Avocets provided the highlights on a chilly but calm morning of counting. The Med Gull - an adult with a partially developed black hood - was loafing about at Passage House, where the Avocets flew to forage after roosting at Flow Point. Other totals as far as Salcombe Dip included 65 Shelducks, four Teal, three Wigeon, 27 Red-breasted Mergansers, two Great Crested Grebes, 15 Mute Swans, 278 Oystercatchers, 64 Curlew, 42 Redshanks, nine Dunlin, seven Greenshanks, seven Ringed Plovers, six Snipe and singles of Common Sandpiper and Lapwing.

Mediterranean Gull (ad)
Sinensis Cormorant

Tuesday 13 February 2018


Despite the record influx into Devon and the UK, this species has been conspicuous by its absence on patch. So news of one visiting a feeder somewhere in Newton Abbot recently is welcome despite not being available for others to see or indeed knowing if it is within the patch boundary!

Today however news on Devon Birds reveals a Hawfinch was near the entrance to Jetty Marsh this morning, perhaps giving a second chance to fill in the gap on the patch list.

Elsewhere the Bonaparte's Gull was reported again off Teignmouth with at least six Great Northern Diver.

Sunday 4 February 2018

Water Pipit

A Water Pipit showed well at Flow Point this morning at high tide; I'd suspected there was one a few weeks ago but failed to get decent enough views. Also between there and Salcombe Dip were 387 Oystercatchers, 45 Shelducks, 31 Dunlin and seven Ringed Plovers. A further 14 Shelducks were at Passage House along with eight Greenshanks, six Little Grebes, 400 Black-headed Gulls, 30 Common Gulls and the lone male Wigeon.