Thursday 27 August 2015

Thursday 27th August

Terns were again the order of the day with 250+ Common Tern on Bull Hill in the morning, however this and yesterday's counts were eclipsed in the evening. Stationed at John's Watch a new site record count of 2484 Common Tern were recorded heading into the estuary to roost, an incredible spectacle. The previous record count of 2000 was set 70 years ago in August 1945. This is also a new Devon record with c2000 also being recorded on the Exe in August 1956. Picked out amongst these flocks were at 11 Black, nine Little and at least three Arctic Tern. Other records from the estuary included a Ruff in the Bight, the Slavonian Grebe off Cockwood and counts of 240+ Dunlin, 120+ Ringed Plover, 60+ Sanderling and five Mediterranean Gull.

Wildlife News: A Grey Seal was on Bull Hill and Autumn Ladies Tresses are having a good year with hundreds of flowering spikes around areas of fixed grassland.

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