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Escot Park – Whinchat
My first record of a Whinchat at Escot Park this morning, feeding along the line of fences next to the River Tale in the marshy area. Also, 2 Little Egrets flying over was surprisingly my first this year in the park.
4 Turnstone, 10 Bar-tailed Godwits & 10 Mediterranean Gulls on Westward Ho! Sands this am.
100’s of house martins heading south west over clyst st mary marshes to topsham area, approx 1930 hrs
Close views of juvenile European `roller at Beer ferris this evening
When this home-made boat hide left the mouth of the Caen Estuary this afternoon it headed east along the shoreline
This photo shows the spaniel,s head & nose.
This home-made boat hide with an outboard motor entered the Caen Estuary this afternoon on an incoming tide.
From examining the photos my suspicions are that this could be a shooter with what looks like a pump gun with a spaniel on board.
What do you think & what course of action should be taken?
Osprey was on it’s so called “usual perch” for about half an hour this afternoon
Bowling Green Marsh
Yesterday between heavy showers an Osprey was seen from the viewing platform. A Peregrine flew over the marsh. Curlew Sandpipers, Dunlin Redshank, Knot, Ruff, Barwits, Blackwits, Curlew, Common Sandpipers, Snipe, Pintail, Teal, Mallards. Greenshank on Goosemoor.
Walked up to Avon Dam; mostly the usual stuff, including Raven, Stonechat, Chaffinch, Linnet and Dunnock. Three Goosanders on the reservoir, plus one lonely Cormorant. Good lot of berries on the Rowan trees, which might be good for Ring Ouzel next month!
Kingfisher in the reserve + Sparrowhawk. Out on the scrape 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Greenshank and 1 Wood Sandpiper.
Fremington Pill & Home Farm Marsh
1 Glossy Ibis , 3 Greenshanks , 1 Spotted Redshank , 2 Snipe , 1 Great Egret , 1 Osprey , 2 Kingfishers & 2 Common Sandpipers.
3 Lapwing on the bank by the side of the big pond opposite the Toll House.
8 Curlew Sandpipers in amongst a flock of c150 Dunlin this afternoon.
A first-winter Caspian Gull was off Mudbank briefly, shortly before 4pm. It was startled by a passing train and flew upriver. Also off there today – duck counts included 420 Wigeon, 104 Pintail, c6/700+ Teal, 2 Gadwall and 2 Shoveler. Also of note – 8 Common Terns. A Little Tern was off there yesterday. Photos of Caspian Gull at www.gobirdingexmouth.blogspot.co.uk.
Arrived at about 2p.m. and saw 3 Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape. In the reserve good-size Tit flock mainly LTT and Blue, a good flock of at least 16 Goldfinch, but in the field to the South, what I’ve been expecting for some time now, – a Cattle Egret, with the Cows. Sadly, when I returned a few minutes later with camera, it had moved on! Compensation came in the form of the female Marsh Harrier. As I left a Greenshank had appeared on the scrape.
Spotted Flycatcher at Saltram as reported before but forgot the distant photos
Plym Estuary & Saltram Wed 7th Sept
A brief evening visit produced 5 Bar- & 2 Black-tailed Godwits on Blaxton Meadow with 9 Greenshanks, Kingfisher, Mediterranean Gull (ad-w) & Grey Wagtail. Also Common Sandpiper & Little Grebe on the narrow river.
Berry Head Wed 7th Sept
Missed the best birds, later in the day but personal totals for a seawatch 09.15-14.45: 11 Arctic Skuas, 37 Balearic Shearwaters, 1 Arctic, 1 Sandwich & 5 Common Terns, Whimbrel, 6 Common Scoters, Peregrine, several pom/Arctic Skuas & 6+ Common Dolphins.
Saltram – Spotted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatchers M & F showing at Saltram