Saturday, 25 March 2017

Saturday 25th March

The 18th site record of Egyptian Goose, the first since Feb 2012, flew north over the spit mid morning with other migrants including the first two Kestrel of the year both heading north and, from further afield, the first Swallow of 2017.  Elsewhere the Jack Snipe was on the Main Pond, two Slavonian Grebe were off Cockwood, a Wheatear was in Greenland Lake, a Blackcap was singing in Dead Dolphin Wood and a dozen Meadow Pipit and a Siskin were overhead.

Jack Snipe - Alan Keatley

Wheatear - Simon Thurgood
Wildlife News: In the sunny conditions the Sand Crocus was out in flower around the Crocus compound and Greenland Lake. The same conditions also brought out several Comma and Peacock butterflies and four bumblebee species: Buff-tailed, Red-tailed, Common Carder and Tree - the latter a long-awaited first for the recording area.

 Sand Crocus - Alan Keatley

Tree Bumblebee - Alan Keatley

Friday, 24 March 2017

Friday 24th March

The first Whimbrel of the year was on the mudflats this evening with 45+ Turnstone, four Greenshank and three Knot. Also in the estuary 'Herbert' the resident Slavonian Grebe

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Thursday 23rd March

The day started dull, cold and dry, later turning wet and the birding was not much better. The Jack Snipe did however remain on the Main Pond, with five Chiffchaff on site. Elsewhere a tight flock of 88 Turnstone in the estuary were presumably migrants, a Great Northern Diver was offshore and the two Slavonian Grebe and a Greenshank off Cockwood.

Jack Snipe - Alan Keatley

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Wednesday 22nd March

The Jack Snipe remained on the Main Pond early afternoon with at least 10 Chiffchaff on site. Elsewhere a Sandwich Tern, a Slavonian Grebe and two Great Northern Diver were offshore the only other news received.

Wildlife News: The flowers of Sand Crocus made another appearance today but a sunny day will be required before they fully open.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Tuesday 21st March

The first Blackcap of the year was singing in the Entrance Bushes with five Sandwich Tern offshore the only other summer migrants. Counts from the hide included 300 Oystercatcher, 55 Curlew, 32 Turnstone and 14 Brent Geese with the majority of waders and wildfowl having left the estuary. Elsewhere the Jack Snipe was still on the Main Pond, the two Slavonian Grebe were off Cockwood and an Eider was offshore. Contrary to reports the Velvet Scoter were not off the Warren but remained off Dawlish.

Snipe - Dave Jewell

Monday, 20 March 2017

Monday 20th March

A Greenshank was in the estuary with a Bar-tailed Godwit and half a dozen Red-breasted Merganser.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Sunday 19th March

A Jack Snipe showed on the Main Pond, but remained well hidden, also there three Water Rail, three Shoveler, two Snipe and two Teal. Elsewhere a single Sandwich Tern was off John's Watch with two Great Northern and two Red-throated Diver, 19 Great-crested Grebe and five Common Scoter. Also offshore a flock of 10 Eider flew in from Dawlish, pausing briefly by Langstone Rock but the four Velvet Scoter remained stubbornly around Coryton Cove, Dawlish to the south of the Recording Area.

Jack Snipe - Dave Jewell
Wildlife News: The first Sand Crocus of the year were in flower near the Visitor Centre, despite the early dat eand overcast conditions. A Harbour Porpoise was offshore.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Saturday 18th March

A Sandwich Tern briefly in the estuary was the highlight on a quiet day, also from the hide 168 Curlew, 97 Dunlin, 60 Brent Geese, 38 Turnstone, 16 Red-breasted Merganser, two Bar and a Black-tailed Godwit. Elsewhere six Chiffchaff were on site and a Red-throated Diver and 50 Common Scoter were offshore.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Wednesday 15th March

A Wheatear and a couple of Chiffchaff were near the Main Pond, with a Jay nearby presumably a more local migrant. Counts from the estuary included 172 Brent Geese, 106 Curlew, 100+ Dunlin, 60 Grey Plover, 32 Turnstone, 21 Knot, 12 Red-breasted Merganser and three Sanderling. Elsewhere 40 Great-crested Grebe and six Common Scoter were offshore.
Wheatear - Dean Hall

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Tuesday 14th March

The two Slavonian Grebe were in the estuary with c50 Common Gull and 12 Teal.