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Possibly an unusually high peak count of 55 Common Snipe at dusk/high tide today along the Pill, also 81 Redshank in their normal high tide roost
Late morning, a group of seven Great Northern Divers in shallow water at the base of The Ness. They were feeding quite well, shore crabs from what I could see.
Budleigh Salterton area
On the completed LORP this morning were three Avocets, my first here I think, and one each of Greenshank, Ringed Plover and Blackwit, plus double figures each of Redshank, Teal, Wigeon and Shelduck.
On and over the cliffs and sea from Brandy Head to the Otter mouth were 12+ Red-throated Divers, 15+ Auks, all those specifically i.d.’d being Razorbills, 4 Fulmars, 2 Common Scoters and 50+ Gannets.
Spoonbill, Exe Estuary (Starcross)
Spoonbill spotted from the train at Starcross station, feeding. Photo taken at 8.51am on 22nd January 2024. Second sighting in a few days, as also spotted nearer Dawlish Warren at approx 8.25am on 20th January 2024.
Exe Estuary cruise 23rd January
Another windy cruise today, with the highlights being Great Northern Diver off Shelley Beach; a female Goldeneye in Cockwood Corner; an immature Spoonbill feeding near the entrance to Cockwood Harbour (possibly the same bird later in the Clyst Estuary) and a group of five female Eiders in mid-channel, out on one of the sandbanks.
Between Turf and Topsham there were the usual large flocks of Black- and Bar-tailed Godwits, dozens of Shelduck, Grey and Golden Plovers, Knot and hundreds of Avocets and Dunlins feeding across the mudflats and by the river channel.
Lower Tamar Lake
To add to Rod’s numbers. I had 29 (19+ F, 10+ M) Goosander, M Goldeneye, along with the Tufted & Lesser Scaup reported.
Also on the 3 western side feeders 5+ Marsh Tit, 2+ Willow Tit, Nuthatch, 10+ Blue Tit, 6+ Great Tit, 5+ Coal Tit, 11+ Long-tailed Tit & 5+ Chaffinch.
Also 2 Bullfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker & a Goldcrest.
Rod I assume it was you who I met. Thanks for information.
Lower Tamar Lake
Lower Tamar Lake this morning.
5 Lesser Scaup 3m 2f, 2 Willow Tit foraging, 7 Tufted Duck 6m 1f, 4 Cormorants, 3 Coot, 9 Goosander 6m 3f, 2 Great Black-backed Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 12 Mallard, 2 Coal Tit, 5 Chaffinch, 6 Blue Tit.
Under Cricklepit Bridge, Exeter
A small grebe, must be Great Crested, but in juvenile plumage with white chest and neck and striped head pattern swimming and diving close to Cricklepit Bridge and towards main road bridge over Exe this morning 10.00am
Newbridge near Bishops Tawton
Today in the field beside the A377 at Newbridge there was nothing to report at least for the first 5 minutes or so. However as I was getting ready to move on the Great White Egret flew in and landed about 20 metres from me.
Visit to Mount Batten following storm Isha produced a Grey Phalarope, Guillemot, Razorbill, Great northern Diver, Common and Mediterranean Gulls.
Exe Estuary cruise 22nd January
The highlights of a blustery cruise in the wake of Storm Isha were an immature Spoonbill feeding off Powderham, a female Eider between Starcross and Lympstone, and a Guillemot well up the estuary off Lympstone Barracks. Some 15-20 each of Red-breasted Mergansers and Great Crested Grebes were scattered, but mainly in the upper part of the estuary.
As usual, most of the waders were concentrated between Turf and Topsham: hundreds each of Avocets, Black- and Bar-tailed Godwits, Curlews, Redshanks and Dunlins with smaller numbers of Knot and Grey Plover. There was a distant flock of Golden Plovers over Exminster Marshes.
Red Kite – Bideford
Red Kite spotted east side of the new Torridge bridge at 11.00am this morning.
Uncertain regarding what is certainly a Petrel species off Tin side. Looked larger and slightly browner in colour than a Storm Petrel. Leach’s??? Swimming, paddling and fluttering over the water. 10.30 am Monday
Two Purple Sandpipers feeding on the rocks below the Tinside SLC building this morning, the first I’ve seen here this winter season.
6-8 Gannets diving off Capstone; 4 Purple Sandpipers on the rocks below (Late morning)
High tide at Skern 20/01/24
Up to 20 male Pintail ducks and the Lesser Scaup seen amongst a lot of Wigeon at high tide at Skern off Northam Burrows (SS453307)
Also saw a lot of Shelduck and Oystercatcher, a few Brent Geese, Lapwing and Whimbrel. Occasional Redshank and single Turnstone
Greysands and Appledore
Morning walk revealed:- good numbers of Brent Geese, Shelducks, Wigeon and Pintail. – couldnt spot any unusual waders. Big flock 20+ of Goosanders flew over – not something I have experienced previously. Great to see a pair of Greater BB Gulls and Little Gull. Also Stonechat and Skylarks.
Spotted in christow Devon 20.01.2024
Clennon lakes..Back lake by woods
Long tailed tits. Golden eye duck and a Kingfisher.
Yesterday, 19th, two male Goosander on river North of White Bridge. Seen 4.20 pm, so minutes before sunset. 20 metres away, unfazed by my presence