Sunday 17 December 2023

WeBS, Purple Sandpiper

It was heartening to hear a couple of Song Thrushes singing around the patch today; on the estuary itself it was still very much mid-winter in terms of numbers and variety. Totals included 371 Oystercatchers, 64 Curlew, 53 Turnstones, 40 Redshanks, 10 Greenshanks, 27 Dunlin, nine Ringed Plovers, one Common Sandpiper, 28 Red-breasted Mergansers (good to see them back in numbers), 22 Shelducks, 12 Cormorants, eight Mute Swans, two Little Grebes, eight Little Egrets, one Great Northern Diver (by Shaldon Bridge), 16 Common Gulls, one Lesser Black-backed Gull and one Kingfisher

Purple Sandpiper was photographed below the Point car park in Teignmouth on Thursday, but there was no sign of it today.

Turnstones (Alan Ford)

Pied Wagtail (Alan Ford)