Sunday, 20 May 2018

WeBS

Counts from around the estuary included, one Whimbrel, 21 Oystercatcher, two Dunlin, six Little Egret, one Grey Heron, 25 Mute Swan, 13 Shelduck, 44 Herring Gull and one Black-headed Gull.

Dunlin

Friday, 11 May 2018

Manx Shearwaters

Seawatching 16:15 - 19:00 saw a good sustained passage of 664 Manx Shearwaters, even with the encroachment of mist over the horizon halfway through the watch. Three Arctic Skuas also flew south, the latter two dark phase birds passing fairly close at 18:30. Other totals included 31 Kittiwake, 20 Sandwich Tern, four Fulmar, seven Whimbrel, c.50 auk sp. and a Red-throated Diver.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Warblers

A census of warblers at Hackney Marshes yesterday morning included eight singing Reed Warblers, two Sedge Warblers, four Blackcaps and three Chiffchaffs. A pair of Reed Buntings was seen gathering nest material. Later an hours' stroll along The Lea between Bishopsteignton and Teignmouth produced four House Martins, two Swifts, three Skylarks, four Buzzards and a pair of Sparrowhawks.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Hobby and Redstart

Despite reports from elsewhere in Devon indicating a fall of migrants, it never really felt that busy on the coast by Shaldon first thing this morning. The bushes and hedges around the golf course and Bundle Head held only c.10 Blackcap, one Whitethroat and a Willow Warbler, however, the highlight came when a Hobby flew purposely through at 7am, giving great close views.

Walking back to the car along the lanes above the golf course, a female Redstart flashed past my shoulder, disappearing into a hedgerow. Over head were 15+ Swallow and a Swift.

A look over the racecource revealed five Wheatear feeding on the recently cut areas. Two Sedge Warblers were singing from the marshes, the first of spring having been seen yesterday by Will, with five Common Sandpipers also recorded at Passage House on the evening tide.

Hobby
Wheatear

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Migrants

The first two Swifts for the patch flew over Teigngrace together yesterday. Will had five singing Reed Warblers at Hackney Marshes on Sunday, and a small flock of House Martin were over Newton Abbot on the 20th. A good passage of Manx Shearwaters was off Teignmouth on the 15th, with Kev also having an immature Iceland Gull on The Salty on the 13th, and a Red Kite over on the 8th.

Monday, 16 April 2018

WeBS

A fog-affected survey on Saturday afternoon was pretty disappointing both in terms of numbers and variety, with a lack of migrants particularly evident. Totals included 71 Oystercatchers, 46 Shelducks, eight Curlew, six Mute Swans, four Lesser Black-backed Gulls (including an intermedius bird), two Red-breasted Mergansers and singles of Redshank and Common Sandpiper.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Sandwich Terns

Nine Sandwich Terns were fishing off Teignmouth this morning; the first of the year. A Green Woodpecker called in the woods above Shaldon, but no sign of any migrants along the coast. Ten Tufted Ducks were still on Rackerhayes.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

WeBS

Totals from Passage House to Salcombe Dip this morning included 94 Oystercatchers, 54 Curlew, 23 Redshanks, 56 Shelducks, 25 Red-breasted Mergansers, three Little Grebes and and singles of Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Common Sandpiper. The pick of the gulls was a second-summer Mediterranean Gull at Passage House, where a solitary Fieldfare performed well.


A couple of bits from the weekend: Alan Ford recorded an impressive 38 Turnstones at Teignmouth on Sunday, and I had a pair of Pintails near Flow Point from the train on Saturday.

Hawfinch

A Hawfinch was in attendance at the feeding area in the south-west corner of Hackney Marshes this morning. It gave great close views, coming down to eat the seed put out on the wooden fence before perching up in the surrounding trees and scrub.

Hawfinch

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Scaup

A Scaup was found on Rackerhayes by Robin Shute today, which I believe is a 1st winter female, however please let me know if I've got it wrong. Also there were 10 Tufted Duck and a pair of Great Crested Grebe, the later of which made repeated aggressive attempts to see the Scaup off when it approached too close, diving under the water and swimming up from beneath the Scaup to peck its underside!

Tufted Duck (left), Scaup (right)