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Taw Valley , S of Bishops Tawton. 21st February
Great White Egret still on Taw floodplain Near Newbridge with 3 smaller Egrets on Wednesday pm.
A39 at SS289222
On the way back from the Taw Torridge Branch meeting at the above Grid Reference there were 45+ Lesser Black-backed Gull feeding in a field with many Herring Gull and a few Common Gull.
Interestingly, if you check this reference point on Google Maps UK, the street view also shows a couple of fields with a great many Gulls present.
Bowling Green Marsh
Bowling Green Marsh from the Hide: Spoonbills 2, Great White Egret 1, Little Egrets, Grey Heron, Curlew, Blackwits, Snipe, Gadwall, Pintail, Shoveler, Tufted Ducks, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Canada and Greylag Geese and overfly of Brent Geese, LBBG, Cormorant, Stock Dove, Kingfisher.
Exe Estuary cruise 21st February
Today the Eiders were just off the end of Dawlish Warren: 5-6 out on a sandbank and two diving nearby. A few Greenshanks Looking over the railway into Powderham Park, 2 Egyptian Geese were among the Fallow Deer with dozens of Shelduck. As usual, there were many Brent Geese, Avocets, Black-tailed Godwits, Redshanks and Dunlin, plus c25 Knot and a few Grey Plovers. At Topsahm we watched a drake Merganser dealing with a small flatfish, which it spent some time trying to eat. Back at Bull Hill sandbank there were 3 of the Eiders (2 females, 1 immature drake).
Ilfracombe Pier cont
Sandwich Tern at the harbour.
A lot of sub adult Herring gulls 150+ have arrived this week mostly at the storm drain and this afternoon attending a staggering 7+ Bottlenose Dolphins that were feeding from Flat Rock to Beacon point for a considerable time, a Bull Grey seal may have moved them on. The first migrating flocks of Lesser bb gulls heading up channel and 9 on the Supermarket roof. A constant movement of Common Gulls down channel, a handful of Divers and Common Scoters a fair way out. Unusual lack of Gannets today and 3 Purple Sandpiper.
Exe Estuary cruise 20th February
A very pleasant Stuart Line cruise with nice light to see the birds. The highlights were a Great Northern Diver off Dawlish Warren and about 40 Egrets, most likely Cattle but possibly also some Little, feeding with cattle in a hillside field near Powderham; a small group (8?) of confirmed Cattle Egrets were perched on one of the wrecks near Powderham. Signs of winter coming to an early end were evident, with only 3 Great Crested Grebes and 11 Red-breasted Mergansers; there seemed to be fewer Avocets and only a handful of Bar-tailed Godwits, but still hundreds of Dunlin and Black-tailed Godwits and about 500 Golden Plover that landed near Turf. Other notables: Grey Herons at their nests behind Starcross Yacht Club, 5 Greenshanks, 100+ Common Gulls, a few Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a Harbour Seal, and about a dozen Sanderlings along the edges of the sandbanks.
Only a record shot, due to their distance and being directly into the sun.
Nice to see three Glossy Ibis’s together in one group.
North side of Taw Estuary
Not a single Lapwing to be seen on the north side of the Taw Estuary this morning & Nigel mentioned he did not see any on Horsey, the Caen Estuary or Braunton Marshes.
1 pair of Goosanders, 1 adult Med Gull, 36 Black-tailed Godwits & 6 Bar-tailed Godwits.
Velator scrapes and along River Caen to beginning of Horsey Island
Teal in abundance on the scrapes along with Great White Egret, Little Egret and lurking Pheasant.
Little Grebe in pond opposite.
15+Redshank on mudbanks along Caen plus a solitary Common Sandpiper and a flock of Goldfinch on seaweed. Field and marshes beyond; Skylark, pair of Grey Heron, female Marsh Harrier, numerous Shelduck, Canada Geese.
Powderham Castle Deer Park
Pair of Egyptian Geese grazing in the field opposite the farm shop.
Velator reserve area
Dipper under the Tesco bridge was a surprise given the amount of water flowing down. On the scrape a male Shelduck claiming it’s feeding territory for the breeding season. Stonechat there too. In the reserve, still good numbers of Finches and Tits. Tawny Owl remains in it’s favoured roost tree. Female Marsh Harrier over the reserve. 7 Moorhens on or around the pond. A lone female Gadwall on Wrafton Pond (3 there a couple of days ago).
Skern, short-eared owls
2 very impressive short-eared owls flying between the golf course and the lagoon. Also 1 male greater scaup and 1 male lesser scaup as well as a good selection of the usual waders and ducks.
Cattle Egret flock Bere Ferrers
Large flock, probably of 35 or more Cattle Egrets seen in a field with cattle from the train just north of Bere Ferrers (Parsonage farm I think), An impressive if somewhat surreal sight! There was a report of a good number in this area back in December I believe.
Lower Tamar Lake
Lower Tamar Lake this morning.
2 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 5 Coot, 3 Tufted Duck 2m 1f, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Little Grebe, 2 Fieldfare, 3 Teal 2m 1f, 4 Coal Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 1f Goosander, 3 Mallard, 2 Long-tailed Tit.
3 Purple Sandpipers hunkering down against west/nor’westerlies on rocks below Capstone Hill, along with Oystercatchers. Fulmar flying east to west along with Greater Black-backed gull.
Brixham Harbour & Broadsands
A visit to both sites with Adam Davidson today.
From Brixham Breakwater were 3+ Great Northern Diver, a single Common Scoter, 20+ Kittiwake, 3-4 Gannets, 10+ Common Gull, a Fulmar, 50+ Guillemot and a Razorbill.
On the Breakwater there were 17 Purple Sandpiper, 8 Turnstone and 2 Rock Pipit.
At Broadsands there were 2 Black-throated Diver, 2 Great Northern Diver, 3 Common Scoter, as well as 15+ Guillemot, 3 Gannet & 15+ Common Gull. Two ad winter Mediterranean Gull on the beach.
In the car park were 6+ Cirl Bunting (2Ad M, 4 F), 14+ Reed Bunting (12+ F/Imm, 2 M), 5+ Chaffinch, 2 Linnet & 20+ House Sparrow. All coming to seed.
Barn Swallow, Berry Head
Barn Swallow, flying over the sea and shot from behind the cafe on Berry Head.
An early arrival or an overwinterer?
Stokeley Farm shop pool
- 13 cattle egret 1 GWE , 1 Grey Heron. All interacting.
Green winged Teal , Yelland , R.Taw….
Green winged Teal , a male on in coming tide at Yelland power station pier..The Instow direction,feeding with Common Teal …..