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Turf Inn, Exe Estuary
Two Curlew Sandpipers seen from Kayak on rising tide at 1pm
An Ortolan Bunting at Middle Soar around 12.30pm the outstanding highlight of a morning that also brough a smattering of common migrants including 6 Wheatears, 2 Whinchats, 20 Yellow Wagtails, 7 Tree Pipits, 20 Siskins, 7 Whitethroats, 2 Blackcaps several Chiffchaffs and good numbers of Swallows. Also 2 Peregrines, a Sparrowhawk & a nice range of butterflies.
Plym Estuary & Saltram
Additional to Peter’s earlier report here are a couple of shorts of the Wryneck snapped after nearly an hour’s stake out in baking sunshine, but well worth the wait.
Late visit this afternoon: 10 or 11 Cattle Egret, They kept hiding in the long grass and behind cows so difficult to get an accurate count, especially as one of them morphed into a Little Egret by the scrape later. A singing Chiffchaff in the reserve.
Plym Estuary & Saltram
The patch’s first ever Wryneck today, showing intermittently in trees beside the lower end of Dell Walk. Also, 3 Great White Egrets, 2 Swifts, 3+ Whinchats, Siskin, Green Woodpecker, Sandwich Tern, 16 Turnstones & Great Crested Grebe.
Raindrops keep falling on my head!
1 Juvenile Great Crested Grebe
Photos taken sheltering under a tree (Risky during thunder & lighting showers but survived to live another day!)
A Spotted Flycatcher was in Radford Park this morning. Also seen there were 2 Little Grebes, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, a Kingfisher, a Blackcap and a Chiffchaff.
Land off Stoney Lane, Landkey.
A brief visit to my field this morning and autumn is definitely on its way with the trees beginning to turn. Lots of birdsong, mostly robins and various tits and a view of a green woodpecker flying down the field. Often heard but rarely seen.
3 Great White Egret on blaxton meadow this morning feeding with little Egret
Osprey hunting over the estuary off Galmpton Creek this evening.
A ‘low’ high tide visit, on a hot afternoon, wasn’t that productive, which wasn’t that surprising. 9 Cattle Egret flew north at Turf. On lagoon was a Shoveler, a Little Grebe & 15+ Coot. On the flooded area were 10 Teal, 7 Blackwit, 2 Ruff & a Snipe. Otherwise a Wheatear in the discovery area, was about it.
To add to Sophies report – Hot and sultry at Wembury this morning and despite a 7:30am start still lots of disturbance along the beach. However a Common Sandpiper, a Redshank, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit, a Curlew, 21 Turnstone, 3 Dunlin, 3 Sanderling, 8 Ringed Plover and Oystercatchers all seen but all flighty and mobile so counts probably higher (and I should have paid more attention to the Plovers!).
34 Mediterranean Gulls on the rocks, all unringed and mostly winter adults with a few 2nd winters and 2 juveniles but flushed by paddle boarders.
A Sand Martin east amongst a small group of Swallows, 2 Wheatears west and 2 Yellow Wagtails in with the cattle before flying off west. Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and Whitethroats in the bushes.
A Reed Warbler at The Point, gave itself away by quietly singing but with a bit of phishing it revealed itself briefly.
Plym Estuary & Saltram
Six Sandwich Terns, the first this year here, on the rising tide this morning. Also, 3 Great White Egrets, 2 Whinchats, Stonechat, Bullfinch, Siskin, Green & Great Spotted Woodpeckers, juv Peregrine, 2 Teal, 1+ Kingfisher, 23 Cormorants, 15+ Oystercatchers, 1+ Common Sandpiper & 8+ Greenshanks.
Final totals from 0700-0900 – 3 Little Stint, 2 Sanderling, 7 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, Tree Pipit, Wheatear, 60+ House Martin, 90+ Swallow, 40+ Meadow Pipit, 3 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler.
12 Cattle Egret in with the cows right by the gate of the reserve this morning.
Wembury highlights this morning: 1 little ringed plover, 5 bar-tailed godwit, 4 sanderling, 4 dunlin, 2 ringed plovers, little egret, oystercatcher, common sandpiper, green woodpecker, cirl bunting and a raven
Bowling Green Marsh, 7th&8th
Quick visits on the high tides Thurs and Fri gave a good spread of species – numbers of wildfowl are picking up and include wigeon, teal, shoveler, pintail, gadwall and pochard. Amongst the blackwits, redshank, curlew and dunlin have been a small number of knot and ruff plus at least one bar tailed godwit. Also large numbers of little egret.
In the big pit at the top of the down now – 3 Little Stint, 2 Sanderling, Dunlin, 4 Ringed Plover. View from What3Words: ///grab.passively.witless
Black Hole Marsh NR
Budleigh Ortolan Bunting
Ortolan Bunting still present early evening in stubble field adjacent to Budleigh Golf Course. Best viewed from public footpath at SY048817 and scan hedgerow to west.
Please be patient as bird spends long periods feeding in stubble and then perches in hedgerow for a few minutes at a time and gives good scope views. See digiscoped image above.