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Willand – wet meadow by River Culm, LHS of the road when heading towards Bradfield
53 Little Egrets including 3 Cattle Egrets ranging over the grassed field at 3pm 21 March
Alpine Swifts at Shaldon and South Fort Berry Head
Alpine Swifts seen at Shaldon and at the South Fort on Berry Head today. The bird at Berry head was on view over the main Carpark and between the Fort and the Caravan park looking west. Fantastic low passes along this area and over the field. Wheatear and Willow Warbler seen towards the Cafe and two Porpoise seen fishing off Berry Head along with 20 Gannet.
No Black-tailed Godwits this morning but oddly the Garganey was back – on the smaller scrape. Some Sand Martins about. 6 Gadwall in the reserve, and a female Canada Goose diving under water and resurfacing about 5 yards away! Walked around Sherpa where a few hundred Sand Martins spent the time flying into the strongish Southerly wind. No other species with them. Returned in the evening to find 117 Black-tailed Godwits and again good numbers of Sand Martins. Drake Pochard and Gadwall on Wrafton Pond.
Plym Estuary & Saltram
Highlights this afternoon were a single Sand Martin dashing west and a 3rd cy Yellow-legged Gull, on Blaxton Meadow before drifting out over the estuary. Otherwise, 7 Snipe, 6 Greenshanks, 33+ Turnstones, 4 Goosanders (2 drakes), Wigeon & a Green Woodpecker.
Alpine swift, c. 0950. 1 Swallow 5 common Dolphin, 2 singing Blackcaps.
Shaldon Alpine swift
Alpine swift finally located after several hours, prolonged views high up above fields at Commons lane (behind Coast View holiday park), til about 2.15pm.
Opposite Bowden House on the road to Ashprington, at least one cattle egret evident in a flock of littles.
Tarka trail Bideford , Barnstaple return.
Cattle Egrets , 3 Saltpill pond , 6 on sheep fields south of Penhill……Little Egrets , 30 total inc 16 on a field at Yelland.
Brent geese , 200+ still on Penhill Marsh , Black tailed Godwit , 3 in summer plumage in a flock of 26 at Fremington quay. Mediterranean Gulls , Several in summer plumage , Bideford East . Sand Martins , 50+over Saltpill pond….
A female Red-crested Pochard was on the lake this morning.
Purple Sandpipers – Torquay
8 Purple Sandpipers still in situ at Haldon Pier, Torquay Harbour this pm.
Plym Estuary & Saltram
Little of note on a wet afternoon, but: Mediterranean Gull (ad-s), Wigeon, 4 Goosanders (1 drake), c30 Turnstones & 11 Snipe.
Early visit this morning in the light rain – no Garganey but 32 Black-tailed Godwits and 20 ish Sand Martins. 6 Gadwall in the reserve. Returned late afternoon (in much heavier rain!) to find more Godwits – up to about 120. Don’t think I’ve seen this many here before. 3 Greenshanks chasing about. Only 6 Sand Martins. Still no sign of the Garganey, nor any Alpine Swifts….
House Martins at Berry Head
In addition to the Alpine Swift today at Berry Head at 12.45pm (not am!) mentioned in the previous post, we had two small groups of 3 House Martins, male and female Cirl Bunting, a fall of Chiffchaff, Guillemot, Razorbill and Fulmar on the breeding ledges, Gannets and Porpoise.
Alpine Swift-Berry Head
Managed to get a quick photo of this Alpine Swift that flew low over our Teignmouth U3A Birdwatching Group on Berry Head at 12.45am today.
Swallows at Fernworthy
2 swallows flying low over the lake feeding on Friday 17th March
Orcombe Point – White Wagtail
I took a wander around the fields at Orcombe Point yesterday morning hoping for a Wheatear, unfortunately, no luck. However, the dung heap revealed a smart male “alba” White Wagtail with a couple of resident “yarellii”. Also, Meadow Pipits and Linnets were about, Skylarks and Chiffchaffs were in song and on nearby Maer Rocks a group of 20 or so Brent Geese moved off with the rising tide.
Willand, River Culm floodplain
2 Cattle Egret, 39 Little Egret on River Culm floodplain between Willand and Bradfield, 2.15pm.
Garganey still on the small scrape this morning, and despite there being a fall of Chiffchaffs at Wrafton Pond, there were only 2 in the reserve. 8 Gadwall flew out. 50/60 Sand Martins over Sherpa Marsh.
Male Dartford warbler.South Huish marsh 50+ Teal, 1 Swallow.
For Mothers Day I invited my wife for a walk out to Morte Point and as luck would have it I had my camera with me when a pair of Shonechats appeared on top of some gorse. There were a few Linnets too (10-12). Also spotted a couple of Rock pipits and a Wheatear (my first one this year).