Dawlish - Countesswear

High- (and low-) lights were:

- from the sea wall, a trickle of Gannets and Kittiwakes heading SW, plus a GN Diver bouncing in the surf;

- at Cofton Steps, a dead Razorbill lying in the high-tide debris;

- on Cockwood Golf Course, a Pale-Bellied Brent again among the Dark-Bellied flock;

- in Powderham Park, the usual Egyptian Goose pair;

- in the estuary, 5 G-c Grebes, 100+ each of Avocet and Grey Plover, and uncounted hundreds of Back-tailed Godwits and Dunlin. No Mergansers, and missed the B-n Grebe reported elsewhere;

- on Exminster Marsh, 2 Spoonbills (ad. and juv., I think). At Topsham Lock, was struck by the number of Jackdaws flying over the river: counted for the first time and got to around 120, presumably most of the Topsham breeding population;

- at Lime Kiln car park, 4/5 Redwings, my first for c2 weeks. No Fieldfares anywhere for 3+ weeks, a bad Winter for them;

- no Snipe, despite the floods. Can remember 250+ in the 1980s, but the biggest "flock" for me this Winter has been 3!

Posted March 2nd at 10:25 pm by James Camden in Bird News