Monday 1 January 2024

New Year's Day

A respectable 74 species to start the year despite the arrival of yet more rain by midday. First stop was Rackerhayes where the woodland delivered Marsh Tit, Chiffchaff, Treecreeper, Stock Dove, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers although the standout sighting was a Weasel by the boardwalk. The ponds themselves held 10 Tufted Ducks and four Great Crested Grebes, and back in Kingsteignton a male Blackcap was near the church. Switching to the estuary, a Rock Pipit was on Flow Point and 29 Red-breased Mergansers and 21 Dunlin were in the vicinity of Arch Brook. Poor visibility hampered a brief lunchtime seawatch off Teignmouth although single Kittiwake, Gannet and Great Northern Diver were noted, two Ravens flew over and a party of Turnstones was on the Salty. Water Rail, Little Grebe and Lapwing were later added at Passage House and a pair of Stonechats was on the racecourse. 

Rock Pipit

Marsh Tit

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