In addition to the new species a new subspecies was also recorded with the first record of Kumlien's Gull. Other records included 2nd - 4th Great Shearwater, 4th Woodchat Shike, 5th Great White Egret, three Bonaparte's Gull, two Surf Scoter and a Black Brant.
Breeding records included the first records for both Cirl Bunting and Collared Dove, three pairs of Little Grebe and probable breeding Ringed Plover but Coot continued to be absent.
Other low points include the ongoing decline in wintering grebes, sea duck, wildfowl and waders, with many migrants such as Cuckoo, Garden Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat again scarce. For the second year in a row autumn vismig (pigeons & corvids aside) was poor with only 11 Siskin (compared to daily counts of 50+ in an average year) and just a single Brambling.
Ringing returns continued to increase with 185+ different individual birds of 21 different species recorded from 12 different countries. All of these recoveries were read in the field, many from the hide.
The movements noted included the first Little Tern recovery from Ireland; Ringed Plover from Denmark; Sanderling from Greenland and Iceland; Grey Plover & Turnstone from Spain, Great Black-backed Gull from Norway, France, Guernsey, Cornwall and Portland; Common Gull from Norway and Sandwich Tern from Holland, Belgium and Scotland. A more detailed account will be published online shortly.
2014January started with the wintering Bonaparte’s Gull, Black Brant, Long-tailed Duck, Siberian Chiffchaff and six Velvet Scoter still present.
|Bonaparte's Gull - Lee Collins|
|Red-necked Grebe - Lee Collins|
|Black Brant - Lee Collins|
March arrived on cue but spring was again a long time coming but ahead of the first Wheatear and Swallow midmonth, one of the wintering Siberian Chiffchaff occasionally broke into song but was drowned out by a site record nine Little Grebe displaying on the Main Pond, another site record 76 Red-throated Diver were counted offshore. Although the Bonaparte’s had departed singles Glaucous, Iceland and Kumlien’s Gull were recorded and a lone Spoonbill was noted late month.
|Glaucous Gull - Lee Collins|
|Caspian Gull - Lee Collins|
|Snow Bunting - Lee Collins|
|Kentish Plover - Lee Collins|
|Garganey - Dave Jewell|
|Kentish Plover - Lee Collins|
|Spoonbill - Dave Cawthaw|
|Little Gull - Lee Collins|
August saw another Exe rarity, a mobile Caspian Tern, avoid the Warren and terns were a feature of the month with six species on many days and a peak of 865 Common Tern.
Bertha produced perhaps the most unexpected record of the year when the 2nd
record of Great Shearwater was
picked out just off the seawall sat with a small group of gulls. The site’s 3rd
& 4th records flew south a short while later. Other
records included the only Coot of the year on the Main Pond
one evening, a site record 21 Mediterranean Gull and on the final day of the month
Grey Phalarope, Nuthatch and the Warren’s 7th Rose-coloured Starling.
|Sandwich Tern - Lee Collins|
|Nuthatch - Lee Collins|
|Woodchat Shrike - Lee Collins|
|Wryneck - Lee Collins|
|Bonaparte's Gull - Simon Thurgood|
|Water Pipit - Gary Reeves|