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.

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.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Monday 3rd April

Three Willow Warbler were singing on site this morning with three Wheatear and a couple of Sand Martin over the pick of the other migrants. Elsewhere a Great Northern Diver and seven Sandwich Tern were offshore, 37 Bar-tailed Godwit were in the estuary and a Jay was in the Entrance Bushes.

Wildlife News: Sand Crocus remains in flower. 


Sunday, 2 April 2017

Sunday 2nd April

Migrants were again thin on the ground with four Sand Martin and four Swallow overhead and just a single Wheatear on the ground. In the estuary the Slavonian Grebe was still present with 307 Oystercatcher, 190 Curlew, 64 Knot, 60 Grey Plover, 26 Redshank, 12 Sandwich Tern, 10 Brent Geese and two Greenshank. Elsewhere two Red-throated Diver and 12 Common Scoter, a Jay was in the Entrance Bushes and a Snipe was on the Main Pond.

Wildlife News: Two Dark-edged Beefly were seen today along with Buffish and Short-fringed Mining Bee (Andrena nigroaenea & A. dorsata) with five butterfly species on the wing included a female Brimstone and the first two Orange-tip of the year. The Sand Crocus remains in flower with large numbers in both Greenland Lake and the Crocus Compound.

 Dark-edged Beefly - Debs Rylands

Buffish Mining Bee - Debs Rylands

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Saturday 1st April

Migrants continue to trickle through with three Blackcap, a couple of Wheatear and two Swallow seen today but the year's first Coal Tit was the most notable. Elsewhere two Whimbrel were in the estuary with 88 Turnstone, 71 Knot, 70 Grey Plover, 30 Bar-tailed Godwit, now just 10 Brent Geese and two Greenshank; three Red-throated Diver and seven Sandwich Tern were offshore and a Snipe was on the Main Pond.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Friday 31st March

Two Wheatear on Warren Point and a Blackcap in the Entrance Bushes were the only new migrants on site. Elsewhere the two Slavonian Grebe were in the estuary with 82 Curlew, 64 Knot, 54 Grey Plover and a Whimbrel with 10 Sandwich Tern also present. There was no sign of the Jack Snipe on the Main Pond but a single Snipe was still present.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Thursday 30th March

The first Willow Warbler of the year was singing in the Entrance Bushes this morning, but the only other fresh passerine migrant was a single Wheatear on Warren Point. In the estuary migration was more obvious with counts included 96 Grey Plover, 56 Knot, 48 Dunlin, 18 Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Sanderling, four Sandwich Tern and a Whimbrel. Elsewhere the Jack Snipe continues to attract visitors to the Main Pond.

Whimbrel - Alan Keatley

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Tuesday 28th March

Counts from the estuary included 75 Curlew, 56 Grey Plover, 36 Turnstone, 35 Brent Geese, 16 Sanderling, nine Dunlin, seven Sandwich Tern, two Bar-tailed Godwit, two Knot and a Greenshank. Elsewhere the Jack Snipe was still on the Main Pond, two Swallow flew through, two Wheatear were onsite and two Jackdaw were overhead.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Monday 27th March

The Jack Snipe continues to be regular feature around the Main Pond, with the two Slavonian Grebe off Cockwood also still present. Elsewhere a pair of Cirl Bunting were near the Visitor Centre, 40 Curlew, 38 Brent Geese, 30 Redshank, 30 Turnstone and a Bar-tailed Godwit were from the hide and an Eider and six Brent Geese were reported offshore.

Jack Snipe - Dean Hall
Wildlife News: The first Speckled Wood of the year was in Dead Dolphin Wood.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Sunday 26th March

The Jack Snipe remains on the Main Pond with at least one Snipe and Water Rail also occasionally on show.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Saturday 25th March

The 18th site record of Egyptian Goose, the first since Feb 2012, flew north over the spit mid morning with other migrants including the first two Kestrel of the year both heading north and, from further afield, the first Swallow of 2017.  Elsewhere the Jack Snipe was on the Main Pond, two Slavonian Grebe were off Cockwood, a Wheatear was in Greenland Lake, a Blackcap was singing in Dead Dolphin Wood and a dozen Meadow Pipit and a Siskin were overhead.

Jack Snipe - Alan Keatley

Wheatear - Simon Thurgood
Wildlife News: In the sunny conditions the Sand Crocus was out in flower around the Crocus compound and Greenland Lake. The same conditions also brought out several Comma and Peacock butterflies and four bumblebee species: Buff-tailed, Red-tailed, Common Carder and Tree - the latter a long-awaited first for the recording area.

 Sand Crocus - Alan Keatley

Tree Bumblebee - Alan Keatley

Friday, 24 March 2017

Friday 24th March

The first Whimbrel of the year was on the mudflats this evening with 45+ Turnstone, four Greenshank and three Knot. Also in the estuary 'Herbert' the resident Slavonian Grebe

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Thursday 23rd March

The day started dull, cold and dry, later turning wet and the birding was not much better. The Jack Snipe did however remain on the Main Pond, with five Chiffchaff on site. Elsewhere a tight flock of 88 Turnstone in the estuary were presumably migrants, a Great Northern Diver was offshore and the two Slavonian Grebe and a Greenshank off Cockwood.

Jack Snipe - Alan Keatley

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Wednesday 22nd March

The Jack Snipe remained on the Main Pond early afternoon with at least 10 Chiffchaff on site. Elsewhere a Sandwich Tern, a Slavonian Grebe and two Great Northern Diver were offshore the only other news received.

Wildlife News: The flowers of Sand Crocus made another appearance today but a sunny day will be required before they fully open.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Tuesday 21st March

The first Blackcap of the year was singing in the Entrance Bushes with five Sandwich Tern offshore the only other summer migrants. Counts from the hide included 300 Oystercatcher, 55 Curlew, 32 Turnstone and 14 Brent Geese with the majority of waders and wildfowl having left the estuary. Elsewhere the Jack Snipe was still on the Main Pond, the two Slavonian Grebe were off Cockwood and an Eider was offshore. Contrary to reports the Velvet Scoter were not off the Warren but remained off Dawlish.

Snipe - Dave Jewell

Monday, 20 March 2017

Monday 20th March

A Greenshank was in the estuary with a Bar-tailed Godwit and half a dozen Red-breasted Merganser.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Sunday 19th March

A Jack Snipe showed on the Main Pond, but remained well hidden, also there three Water Rail, three Shoveler, two Snipe and two Teal. Elsewhere a single Sandwich Tern was off John's Watch with two Great Northern and two Red-throated Diver, 19 Great-crested Grebe and five Common Scoter. Also offshore a flock of 10 Eider flew in from Dawlish, pausing briefly by Langstone Rock but the four Velvet Scoter remained stubbornly around Coryton Cove, Dawlish to the south of the Recording Area.

Jack Snipe - Dave Jewell
Wildlife News: The first Sand Crocus of the year were in flower near the Visitor Centre, despite the early dat eand overcast conditions. A Harbour Porpoise was offshore.