Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Tuesday 27th June

No news was received today but the 2016 ring reading report is now available here.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Monday 26th June

The Slavonian Grebe was in the estuary with 208 Oystercatcher, 21 Sandwich Tern, 11 Redshank, nine Grey Plover, four Mediterranean Gull, four Common Tern and a Sanderling.

Wildlife News: Late news concerning the recent discovery of Mossy Stonecrop Crassula tillaea in the Buffer Zone. Only the second record for Devon and filling in a noticeable gap in the UK distribution of this nationally scarce plant. It should be looked for in other similar habitats locally such as the Maer, and car parks on the Haldon and East Devon Commons.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Sunday 25th June

Three Common Sandpiper were along the beach this morning but there were few other new arrivals. Counts from the estuary included 144 Curlew, 41 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Grey Plover, 11 Whimbrel, eight Redshank, a Greenshank and a Dunlin. Also from the hide the Slavonian Grebe, 11 Sandwich Tern and an adult Mediterranean Gull. Elsewhere the immature Great Northern Diver was again offshore and a recently fledged Bullfinch was around the Entrance Bushes.

Wildlife News: The first Ringlet and Volucella zonaria hoverfly of the year were near the Crocus Compound with large numbers of Small Skipper and Meadow Brown on the wing.

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Saturday 24th June

Counts from the estuary continue to increase with 131 Curlew, 106 Black-headed Gull, 46 Bar-tailed Godwit, 27 Shelduck, 16 Sandwich Tern, 12 Whimbrel, 12 Grey Plover, six Dunlin, two Turnstone and a Greenshank. Also in the estuary the summering Slavonian Grebe.

Wildlife News: Good numbers of hoverflies and solitary bees were on the wing including the migrant Pied Hoverfly and a second migrant Red-veined Darter of the year was reported.

 Large Pied Hoverfly (Volucella pellucens) - Alan Keatley

Pied Hoverfly (Scavea pyrastri) - Alan Keatley

Friday, 23 June 2017

Friday 23rd June

Wader numbers show autumn moving on at pace with 258 Oystercatcher, 84 Curlew, 24 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Grey Plover, five Redshank, three Greenshank, a Sanderling and a Ringed Plover. Also in the estuary 106 Black-headed Gull and 12 Sandwich Tern whilst 77 Swift flew through and a Great Northern Diver was offshore.

Thursday 22nd June

Returning waders included 91 Curlew, 30 Bar-tailed Godwit, five Redshank, three Dunlin and two Greenshank. Also in the estuary the Slavonian Grebe, 11 Sandwich Tern, 61 Black-headed and a Mediterranean Gull.

Wildlife News: Tree Bumblebee are now well established on site with individuals in several locations including Warren Point. Garden and Buff-tailed Bumblebee were also recorded. The Black & Yellow Longhorn beetle (Rutpela maculata) can now be found nectaring on flowering Bramble.

Black & Yellow Longhorn Rutpela maculata - Alan Keatley

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Tuesday 20th June

Wader numbers continue to increase as the days shorten. Over the high tide there were 103 Curlew in the Railway Saltmarsh with 12 Redshank, five Bar-tailed Godwit and two Whimbrel. Around the Bight there were 226 Oystercatcher, four Turnstone and a Ringed Plover. Elsewhere six Manx Shearwater and 53 Common Scoter were offshore.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Monday 19th June

A hot still summer day with just 41 species seen in a six hour visit, this included 65 Curlew, six Shelduck, five Sandwich Tern and two Cirl Bunting.

Wildlife News: In the conditions even invertebrates were thin on the ground but Small Skipper and Meadow Brown were on the wing along with several Red Admiral and a few worn Common Blue and Brown Argus. Three Emperor Dragonfly were patrolling the Main Pond.

Small Skipper - Alan Keatley

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Sunday 18th June

Today's WeBS count consisted entirely of 193 Oystercatcher and a Sandwich Tern, it's quiet out there...

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Saturday 17th June

Counts from the estuary on a low high tide included 68 Curlew, 33 Bar-tailed Godwit, seven Shelduck and just two Sandwich Tern. Elsewhere 29 Common Scoter were offshore.

Wildlife News: Three Golden-ringed Dragonfly were on Warren Point.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Thursday 15th June

A typical midsummer day with 65 Curlew, 44 Black-headed Gull and three Redshank in the estuary presumably including some returning breeders with the summering group of 38 Bar-tailed Godwit. Elsewhere 40 Common Scoter were offshore and a pair of Cirl Bunting were collecting food along the Back Path.

 Cirl Bunting - Alan Keatley
Wildlife News: The warm afternoon brought out the first Common Darter of the year with Emperor Dragonfly also on the wing.

Common Darter - Alan Keatley

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Tuesday 13th June

The resident Slavonian Grebe was off Cockwood but no other news was received.

Wildlife News: This Ornate Brigadier Soldierfly was recorded nectaring on Hemlock Water-dropwort around the Entrance Bushes today, the first Warren record.
Odontomyia ornata (Ornate Brigadier) - Steve Fuller

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Saturday 10th June

Seawatching early morning saw a Balearic Shearwater go south with six Arctic Skua, four Storm Petrel, 70 Common Scoter, 23 Manx Shearwater and two Great Northern Diver. Elsewhere 39 Bar-tailed Godwit, 37 Sanderling, 14 Grey Plover and three Dunlin were in the estuary.

Wildlife News: A total of 29 Jet-skis offshore was an new high and this may well have caused the regular Grey Seal to appear further down the site off the seawall. There are now 16 flowering spikes of Bee Orchid near the Dune Pond - an impressive increase after three were found for the first time last year.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Thursday 8th June

Several short bouts of seawatching through the day saw a total of four Storm Petrel, 74 Manx Shearwater, 17 Kittiwake and 11 Gannet head south but many birds were missed. Also offshore a summer plumaged Great Northern Diver, 32 Sandwich and a Little Tern. Elsewhere counts from the estuary included 42 Bar-tailed Godwit, 26 Sanderling, 17 Turnstone, 14 Dunlin, eight Grey Plover and three Black-tailed Godwit.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Tuesday 6th June

A look offshore in the evening showed that any seabirds were long gone with 15 Manx Shearwater and a Guillemot the highlights.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Monday 5th June

The first Storm Petrel of the year flew south mid morning with 290 Manx Shearwater, 12 Common Scoter, five Guillemot, two Sandwich Tern and an Arctic Skua in three hours. Another three hour watch in the evening was hampered by poor visibility with two Arctic Skua and two Common Tern the highlights.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Sunday 4th June

An Arctic Skua was a new arrival but wader counts were much reduced with 19 Curlew, 13 Dunlin, eight Whimbrel and five Bar-tailed Godwit. Elsewhere the Slavonian Grebe remains in the estuary.

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Saturday 3rd June

Wader numbers are on the increase with some still heading north and others already undertaking post (failed) breeding movement. Counts included 51 Bar-tailed Godwit, 48 Sanderling, 35 Curlew, 25 Dunlin, seven Grey Plover and two Whimbrel. Other records included 1735 Herring Gull offshore, many taking advantage of the sand coming ashore as part of the beach recharge, the Slavonian Grebe off Cockwood and a first summer Mediterranean Gull.

Wildlife News: A new population of 14 Pyramidal Orchid were discovered on Warren Point, with eight spikes of Bee Orchid still flowering near the Dune Pond. The first Emperor dragonfly of the year was on the wing along with two Painted Lady and a Red Admiral.

Pyramidal Orchid - both Alan Keatley

Friday, 2 June 2017

Friday 2nd June

The Slavonian Grebe was off Cockwood with two Grey Heron, including the first juvenile fishing around the Wreck.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Thursday 1st June

Another quiet summer day with counts over high tide including 48 Bar-tailed Godwit, 15 Sanderling, nine Dunlin, nine Grey Plover, a Whimbrel and a Sandwich Tern.

Wildlife News: A Red-veined Darter on Warren Point was the highlight with the first Cinnabar moths of the year also on the wing.

Red-veined Darter - Alan Keatley

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Wednesday 31st May

Counts from the estuary included 39 Bar-tailed Godwit and 15 Dunlin on Finger Point with 15 Sandwich Tern, eight Grey Plover and six Whimbrel also present.

Bee Orchid - Alan Keatley

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Tuesday 30th May

Counts from the estuary included 38 Bar-tailed Godwit, 32 Sanderling, 20 Curlew, 15 Dunlin, 13 Whimbrel and eight Grey Plover.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Monday 29th May

Counts over the high tide included 41 Bar-tailed Godwit, 34 Sanderling, 33 Dunlin, 17 Whimbrel, eight Grey and four Ringed Plover with the Slavonian Grebe and an unseasonal Redshank again also on the estuary. Elsewhere four Sandwich Tern, 11 Manx Shearwater and 11 Common Scoter were offshore.

Wildlife News: Five Bottle-nosed Dolphin were again offshore but left mid evening when continually harried, chased and surfed over by a group of Kite-surfers.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Sunday 28th May

Three Red Kite passed through today along with 15 Swift and a couple of Sand Martin but there were no other migrants. The Slavonian Grebe was in the estuary with counts including 31 Sanderling, 21 Curlew, 15 Whimbrel, eight Grey Plover, six Dunlin, four Turnstone and a Ringed Plover. Elsewhere a Great Northern Diver, 32 Manx Shearwater and 30 Common Scoter were offshore and the Great-spotted Woodpecker have fledged.

Wildlife News: A pod of 10 Bottle-nosed Dolphin, including calves were offshore early morning. Both Painted Lady and Marmalade Hoverfly were seen arriving off the sea. Elsewhere at least four Tree Bumblebee workers were by the Crocus Compound, only the second record, and presumably the first nest for the Recording area. In Greenland Lake 15 Small Adder's-tongue were counted with four Bee Orchid spikes and numerous patches of Blue-eyed Grass.

Tree Bumblebee - Alan Keatley

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Saturday 27th May

The highlights were what will presumably be the only Turtle Dove of the year around Warren Neck late afternoon and a site record 34 Red Kite (largest flock three) heading NE between 9am and 3.45pm with at least another four offsite, presumably birds reorientating after the movement earlier in the week. The previous site record was six in 2012 and this is the second highest Devon count. Counts from the estuary included 42 Bar-tailed Godwit, 29 Sanderling, 13 Turnstone, 13 Whimbrel, 10 Dunlin, eight Grey and a Ringed Plover with the Slavonian Grebe of Cockwood and a Common Sandpiper in the Bight.

Elsewhere a blue Budgerigar was around the Dune Pond and offshore there was an immature male Eider with a pair of Gadwall, three Great Northern Diver, a first summer Mediterranean Gull and 95 Manx Shearwater heading south.

 Eider - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: The first Meadow Brown of the year was on the wing, the earliest ever and first May record on the Warren; and at least three Painted Lady and a Red Admiral passed through. Two of the Bee Orchid spikes are now in flower.
Meadow Brown - Alan Keatley

Friday, 26 May 2017

Friday 26th May

An evening visit saw counts of 190 Oystercatcher, 10 Dunlin, eight Grey Plover, seven Sanderling, five Bar-tailed Godwit and two Knot over the high tide with eight Manx Shearwater offshore.

Wildlife News: The first Small White of the year were on the wing.

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. A Golden-ringed Dragonfly along the Dune Ridge was a scarce visitor with 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.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Monday 15th May

Seawatching early morning saw 84 Manx Shearwater, 12 Great Northern Diver, two first-summer Mediterranean Gull and an Arctic Skua heading south. Elsewhere counts from the estuary included 219 Oystercatcher, 18 Ringed Plover, 15 Sanderling, nine Curlew, five Turnstone, two Dunlin, two Whimbrel and single Grey Plover and Bar-tailed Godwit.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Sunday 14th May

The undoubted highlight was a singing male Eastern Subalpine Warbler that spent all day along the Back Path, though could be elusive at times. This is the first record for the Warren and the first Subalpine Warbler in mainland Devon since 2001 so was welcomed by large numbers of observers. Other migrants were however noticeable by their absence. Elsewhere the Slavonian Grebe and an unseasonal Kingfisher were off Cockwood, a Common Tern was offshore, counts from the estuary included 53 Sanderling, 19 Whimbrel , just nine Dunlin, four Ringed Plover and a Bar-tailed Godwit.

Eastern Subalpine Warbler - all Steph Murphy

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Saturday 13th May

The first Yellow-legged Gull of the year, a third calendar year bird, was on Finger Point with a drake Wigeon also in the estuary. Counts over the high tide included 51 Dunlin, 33 Sandwich Tern, 26 Sanderling, 12 Grey Plover and 10 Whimbrel. Elsewhere 14 Great Northern and a Red-throated Diver flew south offshore and a Red Kite flew east over Warren Point.

Wildlife News: A number of migrant insects were present including two Painted Lady and several Red Admiral, along with the migrant hoverflies Episyrphus balteatus and Eupeodes corollae. However despite these the presence of a Vagrant Emperor on Warren Neck late morning was still unexpected. This is the first confirmed Recording Area record for this North African dragonfly.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Friday 12th May

A Red Kite that flew low over the Bight mid morning before heading east over Exmouth was the highlight. Counts over the high tide included 40 Sandwich Tern, the highest count of the year; 38 Sanderling, 30 Turnstone, 16 Dunlin, 15 Whimbrel, five Ringed and five Grey Plover, three Curlew a Bar-tailed Godwit and a summer plumaged Knot.

 Whimbrel - Dean Hall

Whitethroat - Dean Hall

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Thursday 11th May

Spring continues to drag its heels with a noticeable lack of terns offshore despite seemingly ideal conditions and few if any fresh migrants. Waders are however on the move with 298 Dunlin on the morning tide but only 19 in the evening. Other counts included 28 Ringed and 27 Grey Plover, 17 Sanderling, eight Turnstone, two Bar-tailed Godwit, two Knot and a Redshank. Elsewhere 50 Common Scoter were offshore, 10 Sandwich Tern were in the estuary and an unseasonal drake Pintail was in the Bight.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Wednesday 10th May

A Sedge Warbler was in Dead Dolphin Wood but no other news was received.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Tuesday 9th May

A drake Garganey was reported offshore briefly mid morning before flying east, also heading east a Red-throated Diver.  Counts from the estuary included 50 Dunlin, 19 Ringed and four Grey Plover and three Sanderling. Elsewhere 19 Swift and 10 Swallow, a Yellow Wagtail, a Willow Warbler and a Wheatear.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Monday 8th May

Migrants overhead include two late Siskin, a Yellow Wagtail, 139 Swallow, seven House Martin and a Swift. Counts from the estuary included 71 Dunlin, 37 Sanderling, 25 Bar-tailed Godwit, 22 Ringed Plover, 22 Whimbrel, 11 Grey Plover, two Knot and two Sandwich Tern.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Sunday 7th May

Counts from the estuary included 255 Oystercatcher, 136 Dunlin, 52 Ringed Plover, 37 Sanderling, 29 Bar-tailed Godwit, 23 Shelduck, including a flock of 15 that flew ESE out to sea in morning, 15 Whimbrel and 13 Grey Plover. Overhead a Red Kite flew east towards Exmouth around 2pm, hirundines remained on the move with 158 Swallow, 48 House and three Sand Martin through along with 27 Goldfinch and two Swift. Elsewhere two Wheatear were the only new grounded migrants and 31 Manx Shearwater, six Great-crested Grebe and a Red-throated Diver were offshore.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Saturday 6th May

Wader counts from the estuary included 230 Dunlin, 44 Sanderling, 44 Whimbrel, 27 Ringed Plover, 16 Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Curlew, two Knot, two Grey Plover and a Redshank. Elsewhere a Great Skua flew south offshore and overhead migrants included 51 Swallow, 45 Swift, 32 House Martin and a Yellow Wagtail.

Bar-tailed Godwit - Dave Jewell

Friday, 5 May 2017

Friday 5th May

The first Pomarine Skua of the year, two pale phase fully spooned adults, flew east close inshore mid morning with a few Manx Shearwater also passing during the day and an Arctic Skua later afternoon. The only other news received was of a Hobby heading north amongst the first noticeable passage of Swift.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Thursday 4th May

A Siskin in off the sea and then around Dead Dolphin Wood was unexpected with seven Swift, a Wheatear and a Willow Warbler other migrants. Elsewhere the Slavonian Grebe was off Cockwood and a couple of Stock Dove were in the Railway Saltmarsh.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Wednesday 3rd May

The resident Slavonian Grebe, now in full summer plumage, was off Cockwood Steps this evening but no other news was received.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Tuesday 2nd May

A small overnight arrival saw three Sedge and a couple of Garden Warbler first thing but few other migrants. Although there were no counts over the high tide at least 80 Dunlin, 56 Ringed Plover and 25 Whimbrel were in the estuary along with the summer plumaged Slavonian Grebe.

Wildlife News: The first Brown Argus of the year was on the wing.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Monday 1st May

A Black Tern that landed briefly in the Bight was the pick of the day with five Little Tern also present over the high tide. Waders numbers also increased with 250 Dunlin, 100+ Whimbrel, 52 Sanderling, 48 Ringed Plover, 32 Grey Plover and 15 Bar-tailed Godwit. Offshore a distant Arctic Skua headed east, with 64 Manx Shearwater, 110 Common Scoter, seven Great Northern and two Red-throated Diver going south.

Other migrants included the first Swift of the year through with three Yellow Wagtail, 20 Swallow, eight Sand and a House Martin, five Wheatear, single Sedge and Willow Warbler and a Hobby that flew across the bay and made landfall over Orcombe Point.

 Grey Plover (Oystercatcher & Bar-tailed Godwit) - Simon Thurgood

Whitethroat - Simon Thurgood
Wildlife News: The sunny weather this afternoon brought out good numbers of butterflies with a couple of Wall Brown on the Dune Ridge, other species on the wing included Holly Blue, Red Admiral, Orange Tip, Green-veined White, Small Copper and Peacock. There was no sign of any Speckled Wood, perhaps the cold spell has already curtailed the first generation.

 Wall Brown - Alan Keatley

Holly Blue - Alan Keatley

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Sunday 30th April

A moulting adult Curlew Sandpiper was in the Bight on the rising tide this morning with 240+ Dunlin before moving up river to Bowling Green Marsh. Other waders included a Greenshank, 34 Ringed Plover, 21 Grey Plover, 20+ Whimbrel, 15 Bar-tailed Godwit, 14 Turnstone, 10 Sanderling and two summer plumaged Knot. Many of these were feeding on the flooded 7th fairway rather than the mudflats.

Offshore the weather failed to produce the hoped for Pomarine Skua and scarcer terns but three Great and an Arctic Skua flew south with two Black-throated, 12 Great Northern and four Red-throated Diver, three Dark-bellied and a Pale-bellied Brent Geese, a Red-breasted Merganser and a Manx Shearwater. Also offshore a first summer Mediterranean Gull, three Little Tern were also offshore with 20+ Sandwich and a Common Tern. Elsewhere a Yellow Wagtail pitched in by the hide and a dozen Swallow and a Sand Martin flew through.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Saturday 29th April

A good total of 48 Pale bellied Brent Geese were recorded today; 26 (with 2 Dark-bellied Brent) flew south out of estuary early morning and a second flock of 22 flew SW  at 11:07 having passed west at Seaton around 8.30 after leaving Ferrybridge around 8am. Also offshore a Little, two Common and 18 Sandwich Tern, a first summer Mediterranean Gull, 37 Common Scoter, a Manx Shearwater, two Great Northern and a Red-throated Diver.  

In the estuary the first Little Ringed Plover of the year was in front of the hide with counts of 375 Dunlin, 70 Whimbrel, 44 Ringed Plover, 25 Bar-tailed Godwit, 16 Sanderling, 15 Grey Plover and three Knot. On dry land migrants were limited to a single Sedge Warbler on Warren Point and three Wheatear.

Little Ringed Plover - Lee Collins

Friday, 28 April 2017

Friday 28th April

The first Common Sandpiper of the year was in the estuary with other counts including 85 Whimbrel, 68 Dunlin, 14 Ringed Plover, a Sanderling and a Redshank.

Reed Bunting - Dave Jewell

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Thursday 27th April

Spring remains on hold with a ground frost this morning, something that was largely absent over winter. Migrants were limited to those probably breeding on site including four Whitethroat, a couple of Reed Warbler and a Swallow. Elsewhere two Jay were again present and three Jackdaw from the breeding colony at Langstone Cliff were foraging in the Recording Area.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Monday 24th April

An early morning visit had a corvid focus with single Jay, Jackdaw and Rook recorded along with 13 Wheatear and four Whitethroat on site and four Swallow overhead.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Sunday 23rd April

Counts from the estuary included 22 Pale-bellied Brent, 34 Dunlin, 12 Whimbrel, three Ringed Plover and two Bar-tailed Godwit. Elsewhere two Red-throated Diver were offshore and two Wheatear were in Greenland Lake.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Saturday 22nd April

Migrants continue to trickle through but the best remained offsite, a Cuckoo calling from the mainland at Eastdon. In the recording area there were a couple of Grasshopper Warbler, a Redstart, three Whitethroat and a good count of 22 Wheatear with a Yellow Wagtail, 25 Swallow, a Sand and a House Martin overhead. Elsewhere a Little and 20 Sandwich Tern were offshore with 55 Common Scoter, 12 Red-throated and four Great Northern Diver whilst counts from the estuary included 80 Dunlin, 22 Whimbrel, 18 Turnstone, 15 Sanderling, eight Ringed Plover and the Slavonian Grebe.

Whitethroat - Dave Jewell
Wildlife News: The first Wall Brown of the year were on the wing with Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Orange-tip, Green-veined White and Peacock also on the wing. A Harbour Porpoise was offshore.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Friday 21st April

Another quiet day but a Grasshopper Warbler reeled briefly in Greenland Lake early evening with four Wheatear, three Willow Warbler and a Whitethroat the other migrants noted. Elsewhere the pair of Little Grebe continued to feed their three young, 17 Sanderling were on the beach and a Cirl Bunting was singing along the Back Path.

Stonechat - Dave Jewell

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Thursday 20th April

Little sign of any migration today but there are now two Whitethroat in Greenland Lake and 11 Whimbrel were on the mudflats. Elsewhere the first five Manx Shearwater of the year were offshore in the evening and the Slavonian Grebe was off Cockwood.

Whimbrel - Dean Hall

Wednesday 19th April

A much quieter day with many of yesterdays birds having moved through. Sightings included a male Redstart in the Entrance Bushes, five Wheatear, three Willow Warbler and a Whitethroat.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Tuesday 18th April

The first decent fall of Spring was headlined by two reeling Grasshopper Warbler and a site record five Redstart. Other arrivals included 20+ Willow Warbler, 15+ Wheatear and a Whitethroat but passage overhead was limited to just 10 Swallow. Elsewhere 49 Pale-bellied Brent were in the estuary with 136 Dunlin, 73 Ringed Plover and 15 Sandwich Tern.

Wheatear - Dean Hall

Monday, 17 April 2017

Monday 17th April

The first Redstart of the year, a male, was seen briefly around Dead Dolphin Wood during the morning and was reported later around the Main Pond. Other migrants included 13 Wheatear and six Willow Warbler with just five Swallow flying through. Elsewhere 10 Great Northern Diver and 26 Sandwich Tern were offshore, over 50 Whimbrel flew north and counts from the estuary included 101 Ringed Plover, 46 Dunlin, 20+ Turnstone and three Sanderling.

Wildlife News: A Green-winged Orchid remains in flower in Greenland Lake, the only plant in the Recording Area. The species seemingly lost from two other locations on site.

Green-winged Orchid - Alan Keatley

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Saturday 15th April

Spring continues to arrive with a struggle with two Reed Warbler singing from the Main Pond, with 10 Wheatear and a couple of Willow Warbler the only other grounded migrants. Overhead the first House Martin and three Stock Dove of the year passed through with a dozen Swallow and a Sand Martin. Elsewhere counts from the estuary included 86 Ringed Plover, 41 Dunlin, 11 Sanderling, seven Whimbrel and a Grey Plover, a Snipe was on the Main Pond and a Little Tern and three Great Northern Diver were offshore.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Friday 14th April

Despite the calm conditions most of the interest was offshore with the first two Velvet Scoter of the year circling the bay early morning before heading south and later four unseasonal Balearic Shearwater headed south, another annual first. Also offshore three Great Northern and a Red-throated Diver, three diver sp, eight Sandwich Tern and 10 Common Scoter. Elsewhere six Wheatear and two Willow Warbler were on site, 111 Ringed Plover and 44 Dunlin were in the Bight and the Slavonian Grebe was off Cockwood.

Ringed Plover - Alan Keatley

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Thursday 13th April

The first two Common Tern of the year were offshore this morning with three Great Northern Diver and two first summer Mediterranean Gull. Counts from the estuary included 109 Ringed Plover, 71 Dunlin, 25 Turnstone, 17 Sanderling, eight Whimbrel and seven Sandwich Tern. Elsewhere 10 Wheatear included two Greenland race birds and four Swallow and a Sand Martin flew through.

 Dunlin - Alan Keatley
Skylark - Dave Jewell

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Wednesday 12th April

Migration was in evidence over the evening tide with 102 Ringed Plover in the Bight along with 35 Grey Plover, 10 Dunlin and 10 Sanderling. Elsewhere a Great Northern Diver was offshore, three Wheatear were on site and a Snipe was on the Main Pond.

Wheatear - Dean Hall

Monday, 10 April 2017

Monday 10th April

The first Osprey of the year passed over mid morning with at least 16 Wheatear on site but other migrants remained at a premium with just a single Willow Warbler in the bushes and eight Swallow and four Sand Martin overhead. Elsewhere 45 Turnstone, 19 Ringed Plover and eight Whimbrel were in the estuary, eight Sandwich Tern and three Red-breasted Merganser were offshore and three Little Grebe chicks remain on the Main Pond.

 Little Grebe - Simon Thurgood

Wheatear - Simon Thurgood

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Sunday 9th April

A Red Kite that headed north over the site mid morning was taking advantage of the warm and clear conditions. However this same weather meant a dearth of grounded migrants with a single Sedge Warbler that spent the day in a bramble on the Wryneck Plain the only noticeable arrival. Elsewhere two Yellow Wagtail, 12 Swallow and a Sand Martin were also overhead, 10 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 38 Bar-tailed Godwit, seven Whimbrel and five Sanderling were in the estuary and a first summer Iceland Gull was off John's Watch this evening with 11 Sandwich Tern and a first summer Mediterranean Gull.

Wildlife News: Sand Crocus and Upright Chickweed continue to flower in both Greenland Lake and the Crocus compound, six species of butterfly were on the wing and Striped Millipede are now to be found on areas of bare sand.

Striped Millipede - Mick Spencer

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Saturday 8th April

An early Yellow Wagtail overhead this morning was the pick of the few migrants on offer with 11 Swallow, five Blackcap, a Willow Warbler and a Wheatear also recorded. Elsewhere a Purple Sandpiper on the seawall was the first of the year, 15 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, five Sandwich Tern and a Whimbrel were in the estuary and a pair of Pintail offshore were the days third addition to the year list.

Purple Sandpiper - Lee Collins

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Thursday 6th April

A continuing trickle of migrants with a couple of Willow Warbler and five Swallow new arrivals. Other records included now three Little Grebe on the Main Pond, two Jay on Dead Dolphin Wood, two Whimbrel in the estuary and seven Sandwich Tern offshore.

Wildlife News: The first Green-veined White and Small Copper of the year were on the wing with at least a dozen Speckled Wood.

 Green-veined White - Alan Keatley

Speckled Wood - Alan Keatley

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Wednesday 5th April

A look from Cockwood Steps early evening saw 82 Turnstone, seven Dunlin, four Ringed Plover, three Bar-tailed Godwit and a Whimbrel on the mudflats and a Slavonian Grebe in the estuary channel. Elsewhere a Willow Warbler was on site with two Blackcap and two Chiffchaff and a Red-throated Diver and six Sandwich Tern were offshore.

Linnet - Dave Jewell

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Tuesday 4th April

Slim pickings on a low tide today with five Sandwich Tern in the estuary, with another eight offshore. Elsewhere a Water Rail remains on the Main Pond, four Shelduck were in front of the hide and three Great-crested Grebe were offshore.

Stonechat - Dean Hall

Wildlife News: The continuing good weather is provide ideal conditions for viewing the Warren Crocus.