Monday, 16 January 2017

Monday 16th January

The Bonaparte's Gull put in another late afternoon appearance in the estuary from Cockwood Steps, with two Slavonian Grebe and a Goldeneye also there. Counts from the hide included 183 Grey Plover, 138 Curlew, 84 Shelduck and 71 Knot. Elsewhere the Yellow-browed Warbler was behind the Main Pond and the Black-necked Grebe was offshore with four Eider, four Red-throated and two Great Northern Diver.

Wildlife News: At least three Harbour Porpoise were still off the seawall.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Sunday 15th January

Seawatching for an hour early morning saw a heavy auk passage south with 1600+ birds, of which the vast majority of those identified were Razorbill, also heading south 10 Red-throated and four Great Northern Diver, 72 Gannet and c40 Kittiwake. Later on the Black-necked Grebe was still off the seawall with 41 Great-crested Grebe and four Eider.  

In the estuary counts included 174 Brent Geese, 103 Bar-tailed Godwit, 76 Shelduck, a winter high of 33 Sanderling, two Greenshank, two Goldeneye and the two Slavonian Grebe. The Bonaparte's Gull was also still present feeding in the estuary channel on the dropping tide from 12.30-15.30 at least before heading offshore.

Elsewhere the Yellow-browed Warbler was again behind the Main Pond, where a Gadwall and three Shoveler remain and six Pale-bellied Brent Geese were on offshore sandbars this evening.

Wildlife News: Four Harbour Porpoise were off the seawall.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Saturday 14th January

Despite the recent cold weather little change with both wintering rarities still present. The Yellow-browed Warbler behind the Main Pond and the Bonaparte's Gull, which showed well in the estuary channel on the dropping tide. Elsewhere the Black-necked Grebe was still offshore with four Eider, 48 Great-crested Grebe, nine Red-throated Diver and a drake Gadwall; the two Slavonian Grebe were in the estuary with 145 Brent Geese and 55 Shelduck; and the female Gadwall remains on the Main Pond.

 Bullfinch - Simon Thurgood

Long-tailed Tit - Simon Thurgood

Friday, 13 January 2017

Friday 13th January

No news from the site today but the Bonaparte's Gull was feeding offshore with Black-headed Gull late afternoon, viewed from Exmouth. Outside the recording area Eastdon produced another rarity with a Yellow-browed Warbler reported feeding in the ditch alongside the cycle path.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Thursday 12th January

A Black-necked Grebe was off the seawall early morning with three Red-throated Diver and two Eider whilst 55 Gannet and 25 Kittiwake headed south. Elsewhere two Slavonian Grebe were in the estuary, the female Gadwall and two Shoveler were on the Main Pond and the Yellow-browed Warbler showed well near there before the rain arrived.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Wednesday 11th January

No news from the recording area since the weekend, but 12 Waxwing were found today just offsite. They were feeding on rosehips and privet berries near Eastdon Farm just south of Cockwood and were easily visible from the cycle path. One of the birds was colour-ringed just two days ago at Builth Wells in mid Wales. It was in a flock of 13 birds then, so one has been lost in the intervening couple of days.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Sunday 8th January

Flat calm conditions offshore revealed a new site record of 92 Great-crested Grebe; also offshore 13 Red-throated Diver, just 13 Common Scoter, three Eider and the Bonaparte's Gull. Elsewhere the Yellow-browed Warbler was still around the Main Pond and counts from the estuary included 1244 Oystercatcher and 1035 Dunlin but other species were in short supply on the low high tide with just nine Curlew, seven Bar-tailed Godwit and three Knot.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Saturday 7th January

Offshore there were 13 Red-throated Diver, 42 Great-crested Grebe and four Eider with five Long-tailed Duck flying south towards Dawlish. Elsewhere the Yellow-browed Warbler was by the Main Pond, a Slavonian Grebe and an adult Mediterranean Gull were in the estuary and a Gadwall and five Shoveler were on the Main Pond.

Wildlife News: A Peacock butterfly along the Back Path was surprising considering the dull weather.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Friday 6th January

The Yellow-browed Warbler was by the Main Pond this morning but no other news was received.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Thursday 5th January

The Bonaparte's Gull was in the estuary off Warren Point mid morning, with other records from the estuary including 117 Brent Geese, 117 Grey Plover and a Goldeneye. Elsewhere three Red-throated Diver and 25 Great-crested Grebe were offshore and three Shoveler and a Snipe were on the Main Pond.