Saturday, 18 November 2017

Another Firecrest

The first two Blackcap of winter and a Firecrest were found in the Holm Oaks at Milford Park, Teignmouth this morning, however no sign of the odd sounding phyllosc that had been glimpsed nearby. At Passage House at least one wintering Common Sandpiper.

Thursday, 9 November 2017


A walk around Decoy Lake revealed a Firecrest with a large flock of tits and Goldcrest. Another Firecrest was seen at The Ness on Wednesday. On the lake were 24 Tufted Duck and a Great Crested Grebe.

Catching up over the last couple of weeks; a Great White Egret was seen flying north-east over Bishopsteignton on the 28th October, likely the same bird that was seen flying up the Exe Estuary later in the day. Large numbers of Woodpigeon were migrating on the 27th and 28th October with c.15,000 per hour during the peak in passage.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

All at sea

Half an hour from Teignmouth Yacht Club early afternoon showed large feeding flocks to the North and East of the recording area with good numbers of Gannet, Kittiwake and Razorbill present. Closer in a flock of 63 Common Scoter and a Great Northern Diver.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Grey Plovers

Seawatching for an hour late this afternoon was fairly uneventful, with the highlight being a couple of flocks (36 and 14) of Grey Plover flying south far out to sea, these records being the first of the year of a species that is becoming increasingly uncommon on the estuary. Other birds included c.40 Kittiwake, c.30 auk sp., 50+ Gannet, two Fulmar and a distant small skua sp..

A check of Passage House as the sun was setting revealed the roost islands crawling in c.250+ Pied Wagtails, which subsequently made their way over to the reedbeds in small groups to roost.

Pied Wagtails

Sunday, 15 October 2017


Two Firecrests were in The Ness around lunchtime today along with c.10 Goldcrests and four Chiffchaffs. Passage House was quiet on the afternoon high tide but did produce a first-winter Common Gull, 24 Little Egrets and a Grey Seal. Elsewhere a distant Great Northern Diver was off Teignmouth seafront and 11 male Tufted Ducks were back on Decoy Lake.

Sunday, 8 October 2017


Counts between Passage House and Salcombe Dip on a beautifully sunny and calm morning included 371 Oystercatchers, 70 Curlew, 64 Redshanks, 13 Greenshanks, eight Dunlin, seven Ringed Plovers, five Common Sandpipers, 19 Mute Swans, 18 Little Egrets, 84 Canada Geese, two Sandwich Terns, two Water Rails and a Kingfisher. Overhead there was a light passage of Skylarks, Meadow Pipits and Swallows, and the bushes around Flow Point held several small parties of Chiffchaffs, Goldcrests and Long-tailed Tits.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Little Stint photos

The Little Stint was again on the spit at Passage House this afternoon, although as the tide rose it relocated to the nearby roost islands where it became very mobile.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Possible Pec

A possible Pectoral Sandpiper flew in and landed on the spit at Passage House this evening before quickly running behind vegetation. It had quite a strong supercilium, giving a Snipe-like impression when it landed, and was the same size as a nearby Common Sandpiper. After a couple of minutes it flew off again down river, having a slightly irrugular flight with fairly long rakish wings, and no wing bars.

The Little Stint was still present along with five Common Sandpipers. A quick check at Flow Point in the dark showed eight Dunlin and two Common Sandpipers, but no Pec.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Little Stint

Robin and I were watching from Passage House car park early evening, lamenting the relative lack of scarce waders this autumn, when a juvenile Little Stint appeared on the spit; the first patch record since 2015. It proceeded to show well and allowed Laurie and Kev to catch up with it, though none of us had working cameras to hand so the phone-scoped record shots below are the best that could be mustered. Also present were a first-winter Mediterranean Gull, at least one White Wagtail, 15+ Greenshanks, two Common Sandpipers, four Wigeon and singles of Water Rail, Kingfisher, Lapwing and Snipe.

Size comparison with Common Sandpiper

Earlier in the afternoon two Rock Pipits were back on Flow Point and one Sandwich Tern was still in the estuary. Nearby the footpath to Luxton's Steps produced two Kestrels, two Chiffchaffs, two Goldcrests and three Bullfinches, and a Little Grebe was on the pond.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

The Ness

Eight Chiffchaff, nine Goldcrest and four Blackcap at The Ness this morning, with five Swallows and 40+ Meadow Pipits overhead.