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In between the rain showers 2 late Yellow Wagtails flew over the cow field (black & white cows) before perching in a tree. Also in the area 36 Greenfinch in one flock, Little Grebe and 22 Grey Heron on Blaxton Meadow.
Fremington Pill .
- 5 Greenshanks
- 1 Glossy Ibis
- 6 Bar-tailed Godwits
- 7 Swallows
- 1 Arctic Tern.
Bowling Green Marsh
A cycle to Bowling Green Marsh for morning high tide. 2 Ruff (Juv & Ad), 3 Juv Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Spotted Redshank, 2 Knot, Whimbrel, 13 Barwit, 10 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, over 400 Blackwit (but many out of view) 230 Curlew, 205+ Redshank & 20 Greenshank.
200+ Teal, 48 Pintail & 6 Wigeon. 6+ Stock Dove & Kingfisher.
Challenging seawatch off Wembury Point this morning with most birds too far out to call but a few came in closer just out past The Mewstone – 2 Cory’s, 5 Manx and 4 Balearic Shearwater, 11 Arctic Skua and a Great Skua all logged along with the usual Gannet and Kittiwake.
Along the beach on the high tide were 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, a Knot, a Dunlin, a Ringed Plover, a Whimbrel, a Curlew, 6 Turnstone and Oystercatchers.
60+ Mediterranean Gulls roosting out on the rocks or sheltering in the stubble field, at least 10 first winters and 6 second winters amongst adult birds.
Bowling Green Marsh
Among the commoner species over the high tide this morning were 3 Ruff, 3+ Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Spotted Redshank, 8+ Barwit, 3 Snipe, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Garganey, 80+ Pintail and 14 Gadwall.
Northern Wheatear – Berry Head
Solitary Northern Wheatear sighted by the South Fort on Berry Head today.
Sadly unable to take a photo.
Crownhill Down area
Great White Egret briefly at Portworthy before flying high SE. Viewed from main road. In Crownhill Down Main Pit a single Ringed Plover. Wheatear on bridleway slope.
A pair of Ospreys observed over the mill pond searching fruitlessly for fish for 20 – 30 minutes, many dives into the water,but no success at all. Also, 3 Grey Herons, 2 Little Egrets, Black Headed Gulls and Herring Gulls.
Exeter to Exminster Marsh & beyond
A cycle from Marsh Barton to Turf Hotel and beyond. Most birds were from viewing platform. Teal 140+, Shoveler 15+, 7 Gadwall, 5 Wigeon, Little Grebe & 52+ Coot. Mostly on the lagoon. 96 Dunlin (3 Curlew Sand seen earlier), 65 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Barwit on the wet marsh in front of VP. Also 9 Lapwing, 3 Snipe, 1 Ruff & 1 Greenshank over.
4 Cattle Egret with cattle by railway line path, later 4+ seen just south of M5.
Ad female Kestrel, adult Sparrowhawk, 200 Starling, 60-70 House Martin along whole marsh, 20+ Swallow & a single Sand Martin.
Wheatear on estuary wall south of Turf. 25+ Goldfinch & 15+ Linnet at VP or by Turf.
lots of Red Admiral & Migrant Hawkers.
A Turtle Dove flushed out of the hedgerow near the sewage farm by a hunting male Sparrowhawk was a surprise this morning at Wembury. It flew around in a broad loop and landed briefly in the stubble field before flying off inland, narrowly avoiding being taken out by the still present Sparrowhawk.
A few waders still present along the beach on the high tide – 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Dunlin, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 2 Ringed Plover, c.20 Turnstone and Oystercatchers.
North side of Taw Estuary
A single Sandwich Tern & Med Gull sheltering from the strong winds this morning.
An adult Sabine’s Gull, still with a largely dark hood, flew west past Wembury Point this morning. Also at least 11 large shearwaters sp. flew east between 7.20 and 9.20. Although too far to be identified, they were most likely Cory’s Shearwater as 50 were seen flying past Rame Head during the same period (BirdGuides).
Plym Estuary & Saltram
A juvenile Little Grebe new in this morning (unusually on Blaxton Meadow). Also, Peregrine, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, 12 Greenshanks, 22 each of Grey Herons & Little Egrets and Redshanks have now reached over 200.
Teignmouth, below shaldon bridge
2 sandwich terns, 25 oystercatchers one being leucistic, 18 black backed gulls and the usual herring gulls all braving the heavy rain on the sandbank as the tide dropped
Orcombe Point, Exmouth
16/9 09:15 – 11:00
With many thanks to Matt K and Dave S, a Wryneck was the highlight; 50+ Swallow made a remarkable sight.
Before the thunderstorm and rain, a single Cattle Egret was on the meadow with 20 Little Egrets, single Black-tailed Godwit, 199 Redshank, 11 Greenshank and 28 Curlew. Also present were 3 Teal and a Kingfisher.
Lower Tamar Lake
Late for Saturday.
Lower Tamar Lake.
1 Green Sandpiper,1 Little Grebe, 12 Coot, 6 Great Crested Grebe, 9 Moorhen, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Tawny Owl calling close by.
Tim Jones reports 4 Great White Egret and a Cattle Egret at Horsey Island on this morning’s WeBs count. Another Cattle Egret at Velator.
Powderham Corner, via Turf to VP on Exminster Marsh
An Osprey on the Exe just north of Powderham Bridge across railway line at about 1540, and again at 1555, this time with a fish heading north. Same bird due to left wing primary damage. 330+ Curlew from Turf Hotel. Wheatear on estuary wall just south of Turf. 15+ Goldfinch. 2 Great Crested Grebe on river.
On marsh in front of viewing platform on Exminster Marsh. 7+ Ruff, 5 Snipe, 26 Blackwit, 30 Teal & 6 Shoveler. 30+ House Martin & 12+ Swallow over & 15+ Goldfinch.
Visit to coincide with high tide this morning. Viewing from the canal bank. Lots of waders including c300 dunlin, 8 black-tailed godwits, 6 snipe, 4 whimbrel, c12 curlew, 7+ ruff, 2 (possibly 3) little stint and at least one curlew sandpiper.
On the canal bank several chiffchaff. At Turf 2 greenshank flying around.