Monday 17 June 2019

Gadwalls, Med Gull, WeBS

A better than average June survey today, undertaken during the evening for a change. A pair of Gadwalls that flew down the estuary and landed close to Flow Point was a surprise for mid-summer; somewhat more seasonal was a first-summer Mediterranean Gull in with about 30 Black-headed Gulls at Passage House. Curlew numbers have begun to increase with nine at Flow Point, surely failed breeders this early. Three pairs of Shelducks were seen with two, eight and 14 young, with a further ten adults noted at Flow Point. Other totals included 29 Oystercatchers, 15 Little Egrets, 27 Mute Swans, 51 Canada Geese and three Cormorants.

A brief look off Teignmouth seafront revealed little other than a close-in Grey Seal and a few distant Gannets.