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Wrafton scrape & Pond
Male Garganey still present late aft on the smaller scrape.
Sand Martins flying low over the pond & several Chiffchaff foraging in the reed bed & surrounding vegetation. Male Pochard still present & 2 Cettis calling from opposite sides of the pond
A single Purple Sandpiper below Windy Corner; Rock Pipits seemingly staking out territories; pair of Fulmar settled overlooking Tunnel Beaches
WHEATEAR STADDON HEIGHTS
5 WHEATEAR AT STADDON HEIGHTS
Swallow in Okehampton
Lone Swallow flying North over Okehampton at 1510.
Valley of Rocks . Lynton.
3 Wheatear, 1Chiffchaff, 2 pairs Stonechats, about 10 Meadow Pipits, and 1 Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly.
Wrafton Scrape and Sherpa Marsh
Drake Garganey feeding on nearside of large scrape with plenty of Teal. A few Sand Martins feeding overhead.
Three Gadwall on pond with ~30-40 Sand Martins overhead, Chiffchaff and Goldcrest in trees to left of viewing platform and calling Cetti’s Warbler
Few species on grazing marsh bar abundance of Sand Martins, one Cetti’s Warbler along the toll road ditch.
Few Shelduck and Oystercatcher pairs out on the mudflats, large flock of Redshanks at the edge of the sea wall breach.
Little Ringed Plover. Northam Burrows/Skern
Litte Ringed Plover feeding late afternoon by the pool to the left of the Skern toll road.
Willand – wet meadow by River Culm, LHS of the road when heading towards Bradfield
53 Little Egrets including 3 Cattle Egrets ranging over the grassed field at 3pm 21 March
Alpine Swifts at Shaldon and South Fort Berry Head
Alpine Swifts seen at Shaldon and at the South Fort on Berry Head today. The bird at Berry head was on view over the main Carpark and between the Fort and the Caravan park looking west. Fantastic low passes along this area and over the field. Wheatear and Willow Warbler seen towards the Cafe and two Porpoise seen fishing off Berry Head along with 20 Gannet.
No Black-tailed Godwits this morning but oddly the Garganey was back – on the smaller scrape. Some Sand Martins about. 6 Gadwall in the reserve, and a female Canada Goose diving under water and resurfacing about 5 yards away! Walked around Sherpa where a few hundred Sand Martins spent the time flying into the strongish Southerly wind. No other species with them. Returned in the evening to find 117 Black-tailed Godwits and again good numbers of Sand Martins. Drake Pochard and Gadwall on Wrafton Pond.
Plym Estuary & Saltram
Highlights this afternoon were a single Sand Martin dashing west and a 3rd cy Yellow-legged Gull, on Blaxton Meadow before drifting out over the estuary. Otherwise, 7 Snipe, 6 Greenshanks, 33+ Turnstones, 4 Goosanders (2 drakes), Wigeon & a Green Woodpecker.
Alpine swift, c. 0950. 1 Swallow 5 common Dolphin, 2 singing Blackcaps.
Shaldon Alpine swift
Alpine swift finally located after several hours, prolonged views high up above fields at Commons lane (behind Coast View holiday park), til about 2.15pm.
Opposite Bowden House on the road to Ashprington, at least one cattle egret evident in a flock of littles.
Tarka trail Bideford , Barnstaple return.
Cattle Egrets , 3 Saltpill pond , 6 on sheep fields south of Penhill……Little Egrets , 30 total inc 16 on a field at Yelland.
Brent geese , 200+ still on Penhill Marsh , Black tailed Godwit , 3 in summer plumage in a flock of 26 at Fremington quay. Mediterranean Gulls , Several in summer plumage , Bideford East . Sand Martins , 50+over Saltpill pond….
A female Red-crested Pochard was on the lake this morning.
Purple Sandpipers – Torquay
8 Purple Sandpipers still in situ at Haldon Pier, Torquay Harbour this pm.
Plym Estuary & Saltram
Little of note on a wet afternoon, but: Mediterranean Gull (ad-s), Wigeon, 4 Goosanders (1 drake), c30 Turnstones & 11 Snipe.
Early visit this morning in the light rain – no Garganey but 32 Black-tailed Godwits and 20 ish Sand Martins. 6 Gadwall in the reserve. Returned late afternoon (in much heavier rain!) to find more Godwits – up to about 120. Don’t think I’ve seen this many here before. 3 Greenshanks chasing about. Only 6 Sand Martins. Still no sign of the Garganey, nor any Alpine Swifts….
House Martins at Berry Head
In addition to the Alpine Swift today at Berry Head at 12.45pm (not am!) mentioned in the previous post, we had two small groups of 3 House Martins, male and female Cirl Bunting, a fall of Chiffchaff, Guillemot, Razorbill and Fulmar on the breeding ledges, Gannets and Porpoise.