Thursday, 25 May 2017

Thursday 25th May

The increasing SE wind brought a Pomarine Skua and 30+ Manx Shearwater offshore this evening but the Warren missed out on the Red Kite movement over Exmouth with birds heading north up the estuary. Elsewhere counts over the high tide included 105 Dunlin, 15 Curlew, 12 Sanderling, six Whimbrel, six Grey Plover, a Bar-tailed Godwit and an unseasonal Redshank.

Wildlife News: The sunny conditions brought out at least eight species of butterfly including Wall and Brown Argus. Both Hairy Dragonfly and Azure Damselfly were also on the wing.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Wednesday 24th May

The Slavonian Grebe was off Cockwood this evening but no other news was received. A quick 15 minute watch this evening drew a blank on the Red Kite movement noted further east.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Tuesday 23rd May

Another quiet midsummer type day with eight Ringed Plover and a Dunlin the highlight over the high tide with a count of 568 Herring Gull. Breeding species included three singing Reed Warbler at the Main Pond, a singing Cirl Bunting along the Back Path and a Rock Pipit along the seawall.

 Stonechat - Dave Jewell
 
Jackdaw - Dave Jewell
One of the birds from the colony at Langstone Cliff hotel, in a recent development these birds now regularly use the Warren for foraging.

Wildlife News: A Cream-spot Tiger was along the Dune Ridge.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Monday 22nd May

The Slavonian Grebe off Cockwood with c20 Manx Shearwater offshore, a Whimbrel in the Bight and the first fledged Linnet were the highlights of an evening visit.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Sunday 21st May

With the exception of a Spotted Flycatcher by the Main Pond it would appear summer is already here with few non resident species present. In the estuary counts included 197 Oystercatcher, six Whimbrel, five Sandwich Tern, four Curlew, four Sanderling, three Whimbrel and three Dunlin.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Saturday 20th May

Counts from the estuary were limited to 24 Sanderling, six Sandwich Tern, three Turnstone and a Whimbrel. Elsewhere a Wheatear was on Warren Point and three Great Northern Diver were offshore.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Friday 19th May

A decent sized flock of 125 Sanderling were along the beach at high tide but no other waders came in to join them with just 23 Dunlin, five Turnstone and a Knot in the Bight.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Thursday 18th May

Counts over high tide included 92 Sanderling, 82 Dunlin, 14 Turnstone, four Ringed Plover and two Whimbrel. It remains quiet elsewhere with just three Sandwich Tern offshore and a lone Wheatear the only migrant.

Reed Warbler - Alan Keatley
 
Wildlife News: Large numbers of Southern Marsh Orchid are now in flower in Greenland Lake, with Brown Argus increasing in numbers as well. Migrant insects included Red Admiral, Painted Lady and Silver Y. In the estuary two Grey Seal were on Bull Hill.

 Brown Argus - Alan Keatley

 Southern Marsh Orchid - Alan Keatley

Red-tailed Bumblebee - Alan Keatley

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Wednesday 17th May

The heavy rain that passed through during the morning didn't drop any passerine migrants but in the estuary Dunlin numbers increased to 174 with 17 Whimbrel, 12 Ringed Plover, six Grey Plover and four Sanderling also present. Offshore there were only two Sandwich Tern, continuing the poor spring for terns.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Tuesday 16th May

A Spotted Flycatcher in the Entrance Bushes was today's lone migrant with counts over the high tide remaining very low; 15 Dunlin, 15 Sanderling, nine Whimbrel, six Ringed Plover and just four Sandwich Tern.