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Morning visit to the marshes began well with 2 cattle egrets with cattle close to the Swan’s Nest pub. On the railway bridge was a flock of long-tailed tits and a goldcrest.
The marshes provided a spectacle of waders and waterfowl, the most I have seen for months. The ducks included wigeon (several hundred), teal, pintail, shoveller and a few mallard. The waders included curlew, black-tailed godwit (c400), dunlin (c80), 2 snipe and a single ruff. The mass of waterfowl was attracting attention from a female peregrine (adult) and 2 marsh harriers. Other raptors included 2 kestrel and a single buzzard. Amongst the waders and ducks were c100 starlings, 5 skylarks and c4 meadow pipit.
At The Turf one common sandpiper, one kingfisher, 7 grey plover and a few redshank. I failed to see the beaver seen earlier by the sluice gates.
Plym Estuary & Saltram
Blaxton Meadow was full of birds again, on this morning’s high tide, including: Grey Plover, 19 Snipe, 8 Greenshanks, Turnstone, Red-breasted Merganser (redhead), 2 Goosanders (drake & redhead), 5 Teal (1 drake), Mediterranean Gull (ad-w) & Kingfisher (male). Elsewhere, Firecrest & Great Spotted Woodpecker.
Merlin around Trowlesworthy paddocks and 1+ Brambling with 30+ Chaffinch in trees around the farm.
Teignmouth Point Car Park
Five, maybe six Great Northern Divers at high tide was the highlight this morning.
Little egrets, Haye farm
Three little egrets in fields with horses at Haye Farm, Plymstock. One in field to west of Haye road and two in field to the east. Showing well.
Glaucous Gull at Exeter Quay still loafing about near the footbridge yesterday
South Brent ~ Black Redstart
A male Black Redstart seen in the church yard at South Brent early this afternoon, Redstart, Mistle Thrush and Song Thrush feeding in the Yew trees.
In addition to Pete’s sightings of today, in between the rain deluges, four redhead Goosanders were being flushed down the river which was in heavy spate.
There’s been a hundred Black-tailed Godwits on the scrape for a few days now (well 98 today) in one count, but good numbers non-the-less. In the reserve this morning, 20 Long-tailed Tits (at least) a Chiffchaff, and later a probable Siberian Chiffchaff.
Plym Estuary & Saltram
Birds are clearly benefitting from Blaxton Meadow’s increased water levels; as well as several hundred commoner waders, today’s sightings there included: Grey Plover, Turnstone (another 14 on the estuary), 11 Snipe, 10 Greenshanks, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Shovelers new in, Teal increased to 5 & 16 Wigeon. Also around the patch, 2 Kingfishers, Great Crested & 2 Little Grebes, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (2 drakes), 4 Fieldfares, Green Woodpecker, 3 Firecrests & 3 Siskins.
3 black redstart, 1m,2f/imm private gardens between Veasy Park and Brownhill Lane
Powderham to Turf
East Devon Branch had an excellent outing last Thursday 10th. A total of 51 species including a wide range of waders – curlew, avocet, OC, redshank, dunlin, knot, ringed, grey and golden plover and a lovely flock of approx. 100 black tailed godwit that landed just in front of us. Other highlights were a large group of Pintail (30+) and a snipe (uncharacteristically) wading in one of the ditches in the fields.
Late afternoon stop-off a tAylsebeare Common where there were two Goldcrest, a few Linnets and two Dartford Warblers.
3 Snow Buntings – Northam Burrows
One male and two females by edge of golf course and pebble ridge.
Trew Weir, drainage channel & Exeter Quay
A successful cycle to see Glaucous Gull, along Riverside Country Park from Incinerator crossing also produced Kingfisher M, Water Rail, 7 Teal, 68 Mallard, 2 Little Grebe, Raven, 18 Moorhen & 4 Coot.
Teignmouth Seafront, 14th Nov
Red throated diver off Sprey Point this morning
Glaucous gull still around ,sat on bank with gulls ,pigeons and Canada geese.
A nice late afternoon find on my roof top, a female-type Black Redstart. Came within feet of me catching flies. A first for the garden.
Ford Park Cemetery
Redwings feeding on the remaining berries, one I forgot to put up the other day was Fieldfares the first time spotted in this cemetery for me.
Great White Egret still at Slapon Ley, in Torcross