Friday 2 March 2018

Working from home

Unable to get to the office, the day was spent indoors with occasional watches from the window. The weather though was having a far greater impact on birdlife. In my Teignmouth garden a single Fieldfare kept other birds off the apples but a couple of female Blackcap managed to feed elsewhere with Redwing and Mistle Thrush on Ivy but birds were worryingly less obvious than recent days.

Although Redwing and Fieldfare were conspicuous, with birds even amongst the Oystercatcher on the estuary, unlike further east there was no evidence of large flocks over Teignmouth.

On the Salty 15 Dunlin, three Lapwing and up to five Golden Plover were clear cold weather refugees, with a singles of Lapwing and Golden Plover also on Teignmouth Rugby pitch. Gulls were also much in evidence, the Iceland Gull was around the estuary mouth and roosting on the Salty were five adult Mediterranean Gull and notable counts of 53 Lesser Black-backed and 50 Common Gull.

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