Sunday, 13 August 2017

Black-tailed Godwits

Two juvenile Black-tailed Godwits and a Whimbrel were with the Curlew flock at Passage House yesterday morning. Other waders included five Common Sandpipers and five Dunlin, and the first Kingfisher of the autumn was at Flow Point.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Juvenile YLG

No sign of the reported Great Northern Diver that has been present around Shaldon Bridge for tthe past two weeks, however the second juvenile Yellow-legged Gull of the autumn was on The Salty. Six Sandwich Tern were are fishing by the bridge with a Black-tailed Godwit and a juvenile Lesser-black Backed Gull the best of the rest of the estuary.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Stormie, Balearic, Pom...

Seawatching this morning from 05:50 - 09:05 featured up to five birders huddled under the yacht club, a Teignmouth record. The birding didn't quite reach the highs of 11 days ago, with a grand total of just six (small) shearwaters, but there was a good number and variety of other seabirds with the majority of passage occurred between 06:30 and 08:00 (bar a late flurry of skuas):

European Storm Petrel - 1 (fairly close but frustratingly brief)
Balearic Shearwater - 1 (excellent close views)
Manx Shearwater - 5 (!)
Pomarine Skua - 1 (again close, probable 3cy)
Arctic Skua - 6
Unidentified skua sp - 2
Arctic Tern - 1
Common Tern - 22
Sandwich Tern - 245
Kittiwake - 118
Common Scoter - 79
Mediterranean Gull - 1 juv.
Fulmar - c.10
Gannet - c.200
Dunlin - 3
Turnstone - 1

Late news for July 31st - a good count of 90 Shags on the sea off Teignmouth.

Composite photo: Arctic Skua (top), Pomarine Skua (bottom).