Saturday, 29 March 2014

Saturday 29th March

An excellent early spring day with a Spoonbill the first of several quality birds. An immature was in the Saltmarsh until 8.15am before flying across the estuary and landing off Mudbank Lane, Exmouth. Another record shared with Exmouth was the continued presence of the second winter Glaucous Gull, it roosted on the beach at Warren Point before being flushed and spending most of the day at Exmouth quay. Whilst watching this bird the site's second Kumlien's Gull flew past and out to sea, also a second winter this was later picked up sat on offshore sand bars. Also offshore the two Long-tailed Duck, two Eider, two Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver, 51 Common Scoter and two Red-necked Grebe, the usual first winter and a new adult. Elsewhere eight Chiffchaff and three Wheatear were on site, two Siskin flew over and counts from the estuary included 69 Dark-bellied and a Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 133 Curlew, 14 Sanderling, nine Bar and a Black-tailed Godwit, five Knot, four Sandwich Tern, two Dunlin, three Grey and a Ringed Plover.

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