Wednesday 30 September 2020


 A belated count between Passage House and Salcombe Dip on Sunday afternoon was fairly productive with totals including 350 Black-headed Gulls, a Mediterranean Gull, 23 Mute Swans, three Wigeon, 32 Little Egrets, 12 Cormorants, three Shags, 355 Oystercatchers, 32 Curlew (probably an underestimate), nine Ringed Plovers, nine Greenshanks, four Redshanks, two Common Sandpipers and a Grey Plover. The Med Gull and Wigeon were off Passage House and the Grey Plover was associating with Ringed Plovers roosting up against the railway east of Flow Point.

Wigeon (Laurie Allnatt)

Saturday 26 September 2020


There was a fair bit of audible migration going on overhead at Bundle Head this morning, although it was almost impossible to pick most birds out against the clear blue skies. Redpolls were heard on at least half a dozen occasions and were joined by by regular movements of Linnet, Siskin, Meadow Pipit and Chaffinch, plus two Swallows. In the bushes was fairly typical late September fare - 17 Chiffchaffs, 10 Blackcaps, five Goldcrests, four Song Thrushes and single Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

Monday 7 September 2020

Uncommon waders on the Teign

An hour spent at Flow Point yesterday morning failed to show the Osprey which had been seen the previous afternoon, however reward came in the form of a Knot in with the Oystercatcher flock. Knot is scarce on the Teign, with only a few records in the last 20 or so years. A Bar-tailed Godwit, found by Kev on The Salty this morning is another less than annual bird on the Teign. On Friday Kev also found a White Stork flying over Teignmouth; likely one of the re-introduced birds from the Knepp Estate in West Sussex.