|Sanderling (Alan Keatley)|
Of the c.250 Black-headed Gull, one with a white Darvic 'T7VE' was ringed in Poland as a pullus in 2012; it was seen at Dawlish Warren from Jun to Sep 2014, in Aug 2016 and now again in Aug 2017. Of the 112 Sandwich Tern, some familiar ringed individuals. Yellow 'T87', a pullus ringed in Holland in 2015 was regular here that autumn, then at Salcombe in Sep 2015 and then in Namibia in Nov 2016. Remarkably, it was back here at Dawlish Warren in Jun and Aug 2017, but during the intervening period was twice seen in Texel, Holland; gosh! Another interesting bird, red 'KAH' was ringed in mid west Wales in 2013 and since has been recorded annually (except 2014) here at Dawlish Warren in autumn, so far this August it has stayed for 3 weeks.
|ringed Sandwich Tern (Lee Collins)|
Also in the estuary 14 Common Tern, nine Mediterranean Gull (mixed ages). nine Common Gull and highlights were single juv Yellow-legged Gull, Little Tern and a juv Roseate Tern flew out to sea.
|juv Mediterranean Gull (Dave Jewell)|
A thorough search of the bushes, dunes and ponds revealed 16 Chiffchaff, six Blackcap, five Whitethroat, three Wheatear, three Reed Warbler in the reedbeds, two Sedge Warbler on Warren Point, two Willow Warbler and a again this year's max of nine Stonechat. Counts of nine Long-tailed Tit, eight Blue Tit and five Great Tit were unremarkable. Finch flocks in the Buffer Zone and Greenland Lake were made up of 36 Goldfinch and a similar number of Linnet.
Wildlife news: a few Migrant Hawker, Southern Hawker, Common Darter and an Emperor were widely distributed today. A Jersey Tiger was in the woods.