Sunday, 23 September 2018

Sunday 23rd September

A day of two halves with rain and strong winds early morning but bright sunshine in the afternoon and quite warm in sheltered spots. These areas held a couple of Spotted Flycatcher, two Wheatear and a Whitethroat along with several Chiffchaff but numbers were seemingly down on yesterday.

Spotted Flycatcher - Simon Thurgood

In the estuary counts included 325 Wigeon, c200 Dunlin, 46 Knot, 27 Teal, 20 Sanderling and 10 Grey Plover with 38 Sandwich and a juvenile Arctic Tern offshore and a single Golden Plover in off at the seawall.

Grey Heron - Simon Thurgood

Wildlife News: A Clouded Yellow was the pick of the numerous insects that emerged to make the most of the first warm sunny conditions for a couple of days.

Clouded Yellow - Simon Thurgood

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Saturday 22nd September

Weather conditions with rain starting pre dawn and continuing throughout the day delivered good numbers of migrants with minimum counts of 32 Blackcap and 21 Chiffchaff with  single Whinchat, Wheatear, Whitethroat, Willow and Garden Warbler also on site. The warblers were actively feeding in bushes and even on open ground throughout the reserve. The weather also brought down 40+ Swallow and 11 House Martin to ground level with 40+ Meadow Pipit grounded, especially in the Bight and along the Dune Ridge.

Meadow Pipit - Alan Keatley

Counts from the estuary included 330 Wigeon, 328 Redshank, 282 Dunlin, 39 Ringed Plover, 37 Sandwich and four Common Tern, 32 Turnstone, 29 Knot, 20 Bar and six Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Grey Plover, seven Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere a pair of Tufted Duck were offshore early morning and single Manx and Balearic Shearwater flew east mid afternoon.

Bar-tailed Godwit - Lee Collins
The bird of the left had been ringed in Belguim

Friday, 21 September 2018

Friday 21st September

The stormy weather again past long before daybreak but two Storm Petrel flew south with five egret sp, 68 Sandwich and three Arctic Tern whilst a summer Red-throated Diver and an Eider were on the sea. Overhead the first Skylark of the autumn and c40 Meadow Pipit.

Elsewhere at least 14 Chiffchaff were in the bushes, 1060 Oystercatcher, seven Bar and six Black-tailed Godwit, three Whimbrel and a Knot were in the estuary but a marauding Peregrine prevented a count of the smaller waders.

 Sanderling - Lee Collins

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Thursday 20th September

Four Balearic Shearwater flew south with 175 Gannet, most in the first hour of the day,  52 Common Scoter, 24 Kittiwake, three Great Skua and a diver sp with the two Eider and a juvenile Arctic Tern lingering off the seawall.

In the estuary counts over the evening tide included 151 Dunlin, 136 Teal, 106 Ringed Plover, 56 Sandwich and two Common Tern, 43 Wigeon, 29 Sanderling, 10 Black and seven Bar-tailed Godwit, seven Knot, two Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere 47 Swallow flew through and single Wheatear and Whitethroat were on site with 110 Goldfinch and 73 Linnet.

Rock Pipit - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: As the seasons turn the insects are beginning to reduce in number, and today were confined to sheltered areas. Just a few Small Copper, Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood and a Small White amongst the butterflies, with several Common Darter and a couple of Migrant Hawker also on the wing. Hoverflies included Stripe-faced Dronefly Eristalis nemorum and Stripe-eyed Dronefly Eristalis tenax.

 Eristalis nemorum - Alan Keatley

Common Darter - Alan Keatley

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Wednesday 19th September

The two Eider were still off the seawall but no other news was received.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Tuesday 18th September

Seawatching early morning saw five Balearic Shearwater head south before 9am with 210 Gannet, 43 Sandwich and two Black Tern, seven Kittiwake and two Fulmar. Elsewhere an Eider was off the seawall and in the evening the Slavonian Grebe was off Cockwood with 110 Redshank, 96 Great black-backed Gull, 10 Turnstone, two adult Mediterranean Gull and single Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit and Greenshank.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Monday 17th September

An Osprey was eating its catch on Bull Hill mid-afternoon before being chased off by several Carrion Crow. Elsewhere 118 Goldfinch were in Greenland Lake.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Sunday 16th September

A juvenile Curlew Sandpiper appeared in the Bight on the dropping tide with 170 Dunlin, 37 Ringed Plover, 16 Knot, 12 Sanderling, 12 Grey Plover and five Turnstone. Also in the estuary 322 Curlew, 10 Bar and a Black-tailed Godwit, 55 Wigeon, six Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe. Offsite two Osprey were hunting up river. Offshore a juvenile Little Gull and 36 Common Scoter.

The Wryneck remained on site, but eluded most who made the trek to Warren Point, other migrants included a Whinchat in the Car Park, three White Wagtail, two Whitethroat and overhead just two Grey Wagtail. Elsewhere a site record 162 House Sparrow emerged from the roost by the Tractor Compound. 

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Saturday 15th September

The pick of the migrants may not have travelled far with single Nuthatch and Jay mobile around the recording area during the morning with 14 Chiffchaff, 14 Blackcap, three Whitethroat, three Wheatear, two Reed Warbler and the Wryneck also present. Overhead 32 Meadow Pipit, four Grey and a Yellow Wagtail, two Jackdaw and single Golden Plover, Rook, Sand and House Martin.

In the estuary counts included 277 Redshank, 234 Dunlin, 25 Ringed Plover, just 20 Wigeon, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Sanderling, five Whimbrel, two Knot, a Kingfisher and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere 110+ Goldfinch were feeding around Greenland Lake and at least four Pheasant were seeking refuge on site.

Dunlin & Ringed Plover - Dave Jewell

Wildlife News: A Grey Seal was in the estuary with at least eight Red Admiral along the Dune Ridge with a single Wall Brown also present. A single Rush Veneer was in Greenland Lake.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Friday 14th September

The Wryneck made a brief reappearance on Warren Point on a day with few other migrants. A juvenile Osprey was in the estuary on the receding tide, flushing many of the waders before full counts were possible but totals included 131+ Dunlin, 27 Sandwich Tern, 16 Sanderling, 15 Ringed Plover, five Whimbrel and two Black-tailed Godwit. Elsewhere 40 Swallow and 10 House Martin flew through and a Snipe flew in off the sea before landing amongst scrub on Warren Point.

 Whimbrel, Bar and Black-tailed Godwit - Simon Thurgood

White Wagtail - Simon Thurgood

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Thursday 13th September

A flock of 11 Avocet circling the Bight at high tide were a sign of the changing seasons, also in the estuary 430 Dunlin, 240 Redshank, 60 Wigeon, just 23 Ringed Plover, 22 Sandwich Tern, 14 Sanderling, nine Bar and two Black-tailed Godwit, eight Shelduck, six Turnstone, five Knot, three Greenshank, a Kingfisher and the Slavonian Grebe.
Elsewhere migration was also in evidence with two Whinchat, five Wheatear, two Whitethroat and a Sedge Warbler the pick of the grounded migrants. Overhead 40+ Meadow Pipit, four Raven, four Grey Wagtail, 40 House Martin and 15 Swallow.

White Wagtail - Alan Keatley
Wildlife News: Single Common and Grey Seal were in the estuary. The sunny weather brought out the insects including a Wall Brown on the Dune Ridge, a Holly Blue in the car park and Brown Argus in Greenland lake. Also on the wing Common Blue, Speckled Wood, Meadow Brown, Red Admiral, Large White, Small Copper, 15 Common Darter and half a dozen Migrant Hawker.

Garden Orb Weaver Araneus diadematus - Alan Keatley

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Wednesday 12th September

A quick look early morning saw 60 House Martin, three Grey Wagtail and three Meadow Pipit overhead with a flock of 85 Goldfinch and 11 Greenfinch feeding in Greenland Lake.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Tuesday 11th September

Seawatching early morning saw 63 Common Scoter offshore with 62 Gannet, 10 Kittiwake, two Fulmar and two Manx Shearwater south. The windier weather though may have brought the second winter Little Gull in the estuary late evening, the second of the year. Elsewhere a Wryneck was reported but with no further details, a Yellow Wagtail was on the Golf Course and counts from the estuary included 230 Redshank, 51 Ringed Plover, 42 Dunlin, seven Black and three Bar-tailed Godwit, four Grey Plover, four Whimbrel, two Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe.

Wildlife News: The mild weather resulted in a good cricket chorus this evening, with Great Green, Grey and Dark Bush-cricket all in good voice.

Monday, 10 September 2018

Monday 10th September

Apart from the third Spotted Flycatcher of the year in the Entrance Bushes there were very few grounded migrants with just 24 Swallow, seven Meadow Pipit and three Grey Wagtail overhead. wader numbers had also dropped off with 77 Dunlin and 45 Ringed Plover in the Bight with nine Bar-tailed Godwit, three Sanderling, three Grey Plover, two Greenshank and a Knot. Also in the estuary 84 Wigeon, 12 Teal and two Sandwich Tern. The latest update from the Exe Oystercatcher project is available here.

 Mute Swan - Simon Thurgood

Bar-tailed Godwit & Knot - Alan Keatley

White Wagtail - Simon Thurgood

Wildlife News: The first Ivy Bee of the year were foraging on hawkbits in Greenland Lake, as the Ivy has yet to flower locally. Also on the wing several Southern and Migrant Hawker.

Ivy Bee - Alan Keatley

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Sunday 9th September

In the estuary selected counts included 289 Redshank, 277 Curlew, 211 Dunlin, 52 Wigeon, 12 Knot, 11 Grey Plover, 10 Teal, eight Bar and a Black-tailed Godwit, seven Whimbrel, five Mediterranean Gull, five Sanderling, two Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe.

No sign of the Wryneck today with migrants limited to half a dozen Chiffchaff and Blackcap in the bushes with three Rook, two Jackdaw and single Sand Martin, Yellow and Grey Wagtail overhead. Elsewhere the two Eider were off Langstone Rock and the first Coal Tit of the year was seen in the Entrance Bushes accompanied by a Great Tit being an excellent Coal & Long-tailed Tit mimic.

Bar-tailed Godwit - Lee Collins
This bird has summered at the Warren. Ringing information is still awaited but it is thought to be French.

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Saturday 8th September

A Wryneck on Warren Point was a welcome surprise considering the relative lack of other migrants on site, although 17 Chiffchaff, three Reed and a Willow Warbler were in the bushes and 70 House Martin, 42 Swallow and four Grey Wagtail were overhead.
Elsewhere a flock of seven Balearic Shearwater flew south and the two Eider were off the seawall whilst counts in the estuary included 50+ Wigeon, 16 Sanderling, 13 Knot, 11 Grey Plover and six Greenshank.
Wildlife News: Fewer butterflies and dragonflies on the wing in over cast conditions but this Phantom Cranefly was in the Entrance Bushes.

 Ptychoptera contaminata - Alan Keatley

Friday, 7 September 2018

Friday 7th September

Counts from the estuary on the evening tide included 325 Dunlin, 266 Redshank, 221 Curlew, 120 Ringed Plover, 118 Wigeon, 14 Sanderling, 12 Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Teal, 10 Sandwich Tern, four Knot, four Greenshank, a Grey Plover and a Curlew Sandpiper.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Thursday 6th September

A Balearic Shearwater was offshore early evening with single Black and Common Tern, 14 Common Scoter, eight Manx Shearwater, three Mediterranean Gull and two Eider. Elsewhere 447 Dunlin, 144 Ringed Plover, seven Sanderling, four Whimbrel, three Turnstone and single Knot, Bar and Black-tailed Godwit were in the estuary.

Wildlife News: A Grey Bush-cricket on Warren Point was a notable sighting with migrant hoverflies including Scaeva pyrastri and Helophilus trivittatus.

Grey Bush-cricket - Dave Cawthraw

Helophilus trivattus- Dave Cawthraw

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Wednesday 5th September

An autumnal feel this morning with a decent fall of grounded migrants including at least 25 Wheatear, a Redstart and a Grasshopper Warbler with 28 Meadow Pipit, 27 Swallow, six Grey and a Yellow Wagtail overhead.

 Redstart - Alan Keatley

Wheatear - Dave Jewell

Elsewhere 87 Wigeon were in Shutterton Creek, but with unsuccessful forays from Kestrel, Peregrine and two Sparrowhawk wader numbers in the Bight were much reduced. Counts included 904 Oystercatcher, 39 Ringed Plover, 12 Turnstone nine Sanderling and a Bar-tailed Godwit returned to feed up as the tide dropped. The undoubted highlight was the Osprey that caught a fish before promptly gaining height and flying south out of the recording area.

Sparrowhawk - Dave Jewell
The abundance of fencing around the Bight provides plenty of opportunities for hunting raptors

Monday, 3 September 2018

Monday 3rd September

A few migrants on the move overhead with eight Grey and five Yellow Wagtail early morning along with 94 Swallow, eight Meadow Pipit, three House Martin and a Chaffinch. On the deck the Whinchat remained on Warren Point but new arrivals included 11 Whitethroat, three Wheatear, a Garden, six Reed, three Willow and a Sedge Warbler.

In the estuary wildfowl numbers increased with 80+ Wigeon and 20 Teal in Shutterton Creek, 410 Curlew, seven Bar and four Black-tailed Godwit, six Greenshank and a Knot were on the Railway Saltmarsh, 200+ Dunlin, 130+ Ringed Plover and 12 Sanderling were being targeted by Peregrine and Sparrowhawk in the Bight. Also present 62 Great Black-backed Gull and 37 Sandwich Tern on Bull Hill, a Kingfisher off Exmouth and the Slavonian Grebe.

 Whinchat - Alan Keatley

Sedge Warbler - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: Two Grey Seal were present, one offshore and one on Bull Hill.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Sunday 2nd September

A repeat of yesterday but with some light overhead movement including four Yellow Wagtail, a couple of Tree Pipit, 45 Swallow and a House Martin. Grounded migrants included the Whinchat on Warren Point, four Whitethroat and a Reed Warbler.

Counts from the estuary included 300+ Dunlin, 220 Ringed Plover, 60 Sandwich and a Common Tern, 43 Wigeon, 18 Sanderling, six Greenshank, three Whimbrel, two Black-tailed Godwit and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere two Eider were off Langstone Rock and a Kingfisher was at the Main Pond.

Wildlife News: The Water Vole was still present at the Main Pond and at least two Bottle-nosed Dolphin were distantly off the seawall.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Saturday 1st September

A Whinchat on Warren Point was the pick of the few migrants with eight White Wagtail, two Wheatear, two Willow and a Sedge Warbler also on site. In the estuary 32 Wigeon were new arrivals with other counts over the high tide including 425 Dunlin, 229 Ringed Plover, 120 Sandwich and a single Common Tern, 14 Sanderling, nine Greenshank, three Black-tailed Godwit and a Common Sandpiper. Elsewhere two Eider were close in off the seawall with 18 Common Scoter further out.

Wildlife News: The discovery of Alder Buckthorn growing in the car park provided another new plant for the recording area. At the Main Pond a single Water Vole was watched feasting on Mare's-tail, a welcome sight and the first record since the building of the new seawall in late 2014.

Friday, 31 August 2018

Friday 31st August

A bright and sunny morning after a clear night didn’t bode well for grounded migrants, however from the start there were plenty of warblers in the bushes, nothing unusual but enough to keep looking. Totals include seven Whitethroat, four Reed and three Sedge Warbler. Overhead 20 Swallow, a Kestrel in off, four Yellow and the first Grey Wagtail of the autumn.
Elsewhere the Osprey made two appearances from up estuary were counts included 182 Dunlin, 138 Ringed Plover, 12 Sanderling, three Whimbrel and a Knot.
Wildlife News: Red Admiral and Painted Lady were on the move with Large and Small White. Other butterfly species included Brown Argus, Common Blue, Small CopperMeadow Brown and Speckled Wood. At least a dozen Migrant Hawker, and a few Common Darter were on the wing with a Fox on Warren Point and a Common Lizard near Tractor Compound.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Thursday 30th August

A male Ring Ouzel was reported in the Back Meadow, this would be the first August and earliest autumn record by at least five weeks.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Wednesday 29th August

The first seven Wigeon of the autumn were in the estuary this morning with an arrival of 130+ Sandwich Tern, several of which were Dutch ringed. Other counts included 356 Redshank, 330 Dunlin, 179 Ringed Plover, including a Norwegian ringed individual, eight Common and a juvenile Little Tern, seven Greenshank, seven Sanderling, three Knot, three Whimbrel, a Snipe and the Slavonian Grebe. Several flocks of Ringed Plover and Dunlin were heading south on the evening tide. Other records included an Osprey in the estuary mid morning and single Yellow Wagtail and Wheatear.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Tuesday 28th August

An evening visit saw 230 Redshank, 160 Ringed Plover, 115 Dunlin, 27 Sanderling, five Whimbrel, four Greenshank, four Mediterranean Gull and a Grey Plover in the estuary. Elsewhere five Great-crested Grebe and two Sandwich Tern were offshore.

Monday, 27 August 2018

Monday 27th August

Counts from the estuary included 1168 Oystercatcher, 390 Dunlin, 277 Redshank, 266 Curlew, 258 Ringed Plover, 27 Sanderling, nine Mediterranean Gull, just eight Sandwich and a Common Tern, five Greenshank, three Bar-tailed Godwit, three Knot and two Whimbrel.

Elsewhere 170 House and eight Sand Martin, 80 Swallow and a Tree Pipit passed overhead and two Eider were off Langstone Rock.

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Sunday 26th August

Seawatching before 9am, and the main rain arrival, saw a single Balearic Shearwater, three Little, two Black and an Arctic Tern, two Great and an Arctic Skua, c185 Kittiwake, 80+ Gannet and 15 Fulmar head south along with a drake Velvet Scoter, the earliest autumn record since 1999.

Counts from the estuary included two moulting adult Curlew Sandpiper, 260 Dunlin, 150 Ringed Plover, an Arctic, 40 Common and 35 Sandwich Tern, 20 Turnstone, five Whimbrel, three Greenshank, three Knot, a Grey Plover and the Slavonian Grebe.

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Saturday 25th August

Counts from the estuary included 1045 Oystercatcher, 449 Curlew,  451 Dunlin, 236 Redshank, 199 Ringed Plover, 30 Common and 22 Sandwich Tern, six Greenshank, six Mediterranean Gull, five Whimbrel, the Slavonian Grebe and single Knot, Grey Plover, Black-tailed Godwit and Common Sandpiper.

 Greenshank - Lee Collins

Grey Plover - Lee Collins

Elsewhere 10 Yellow Wagtail and five Wheatear were around the Bight, a Whinchat and two Sedge Warbler in Greenland Lake and two Swift and a Tree Pipit were overhead.

Friday, 24 August 2018

Friday 24th August

The evening tide saw a roost movement of 255 Common and at least three Arctic Tern over the spit and into the estuary with a new juvenile Black Tern feeding in close front of the hide until dark. also in the estuary 228 Dunlin, 188 Ringed Plover, 21 Sanderling, including two juveniles, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, nine Mediterranean and an adult Yellow-legged Gull, seven Greenshank, two Knot and the Slavonian Grebe.

Sparrowhawk - Lee Collins

Elsewhere at least four Yellow Wagtail and four Wheatear were on site, with single Redstart, Whinchat and Sedge Warbler in Greenland Lake. A juvenile Buzzard was a scarce visitor to Dead Dolphin Wood, the Treecreeper was in the Entrance Bushes and offsite two Osprey were over Mudbank mid morning. A great days birding but no sign of yesterday's wagtail.

Yellow Wagtail - Lee Collins

Wildlife News: Black Bindweed and Tomato are growing along the Dune Ridge, the seeds presumably pumped ashore by last years sea defence work. Black Bindweed is a first for the reserve with only one previous recording area record and Tomato is a scarce, often tideline, occurrence.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Thursday 23rd August

The Slavonian Grebe was in the estuary with 240 Curlew, 214 Dunlin, 174 Ringed Plover, 47 Sanderling, 18 Sandwich and two Common Tern, two Greenshank and a Little Ringed Plover. Elsewhere 13 Yellow Wagtail were on the Golf Course, a possible juvenile Citrine Wagtail was buzzing around the Bight late evening, at least seven Willow Warbler and five Whitethroat were on site, a Hobby was hunting Linnet, three Wheatear were in front of the hide an a Red-breasted Merganser flew in off the sea. 

Wheatear - Simon Thurgood

Wildlife News: Two Clouded Yellow were on site and this striking Field Grasshopper was in Greenland Lake.

Field Grasshopper - Alan Keatley

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Wednesday 22nd August

The Slavonian Grebe was in the estuary with a juvenile Yellow-legged and eight Mediterranean Gull, three Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Tuesday 21st August

The Black Tern and Slavonian Grebe remain in the estuary with four Greenshank, three adult Mediterranean Gull, 10 Bar and a Black-tailed Godwit.

Monday, 20 August 2018

Monday 20th August

The Black Tern and Slavonian Grebe remained in the estuary but no other news was received.

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Sunday 19th August

The highlight was a flock of seven Cattle Egret, that flew north over the Warren early morning - seen from Exmouth. Only the second for the Recording Area, following two in February 2008. Other new arrivals were thin on the ground with counts from the estuary including the Black, 85 Sandwich and 40 Common Tern, 111 Ringed Plover, 89 Dunlin, 53 Mute Swan, 14 Sanderling, eight Mediterranean and at least two Yellow-legged Gull and the Slavonian Grebe.

Elsewhere two Eider were off Langstone Rock, the Treecreeper was in the Entrance Bushes with single Garden and Reed Warbler, a Swift was overhead and a Kingfisher was again on the Main Pond.

Wildlife News: There was no sign of the Heath Potter Wasp in the Desert but several Dune Jumper Marpissa nivoyi were located. In Greenland Lake Autumn Ladies-tresses could be seen flowering alongside Marsh Helleborine and a Clouded Yellow was also present.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Saturday 18th August

The Black Tern was again briefly in the estuary where counts included 276 Curlew, 138 Dunlin, 112 Ringed Plover, three Mediterranean Gull, two Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere 14 Common Scoter were offshore, a Kingfisher was on the Main Pond, the Treecreeper was still present and migrants included 40 Swallow, 30 House Martin, a Swift, five Willow and a Reed Warbler.

Wildlife News: A Heath Potter Wasp Eumenes coarctatus in the Desert beyond Warren Point rivals the June Long-horned Bee as find of the year. 

Heath Potter Wasp - Alan Keatley

Friday, 17 August 2018

Friday 17th August

The Black Tern remains in the estuary with 120+ Sandwich and 20+ Common Tern with 170 Dunlin, just 60 Ringed Plover, 21 Sanderling, a Common Sandpiper an Osprey, and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere three Wheatear were on site with 200+ House Martin through.

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Thursday 16th August

Two Little Tern, an adult and juvenile, were new arrivals in front of the hide with the long-staying Black Tern still offshore. Counts from the estuary included 182 Dunlin, 102 Ringed Plover and 17 Sanderling. Elsewhere a single Willow Warbler in the Entrance Bushes and a Sedge Warbler at the Dune Pond were the only noticeable passerine migrants.

Little Tern - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: After the rain the temperature saw an increase in invertebrate activity with several Pantaloon Bee Dasypoda hirtipes in Greenland Lake, at least eight Migrant Hawker were on the wing but only three Common Darter, in what has been a poor year for the species so far.

Pantaloon Bee - Alan Keatley

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Wednesday 15th August

The Little Stint was in the Bight on the rising tide with 270 Dunlin, 221 Ringed Plover, 42 Sanderling and a Snipe. Also in the estuary 169 Sandwich, 41 Common and a brief Black Tern, 20+ Mediterranean and a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, six Greenshank, the first Kingfisher of the autumn and the Slavonian Grebe.

Mediterranean Gull (juv/first winter) - Lee Collins

Ringing News: At least six of the Mediterranean Gull seen today were colour-ringed. The bird above is from Langstone Harbour, Hampshire. This the ninth from this scheme recorded onsite this autumn, a great return from the 120 they ringed this year. Also on site today a Mauritanian ringed Sanderling for it's fourth day.

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Tuesday 14th August

The Little Stint made a reappearance over the morning tide with 245 Dunlin, 150+ Ringed Plover, 12 Sanderling and a couple of Knot. Also in the estuary 230+ Redshank, 143+ Sandwich and 59+ Common Tern, 29 Whimbrel, 12+ Mediterranean Gull, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, an immature Yellow-legged Gull and late morning an Osprey.

 Greenshank - Dave Jewell

Bar-tailed Godwit - Dave Jewell

Elsewhere the first Whinchat of the autumn and a Sedge Warbler were on Warren Point and four Swift were overhead.

Wildlife News: The Sea Daffodil is flowering on Warren Point, one of only three UK locations. The extreme summer seems to have suited this Mediterranean species.

Monday, 13 August 2018

Monday 13th August

A visit over the evening tide showed the Black Tern and Little Ringed Plover were still present in the Bight with 210 Ringed Plover, c200 Dunlin, 26 Sanderling, three Bar-tailed Godwit and two Knot. Also in the estuary 227 Redshank, 60+ Sandwich and 42 Common Tern, 22 Whimbrel, four Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper and the Slavonian Grebe.

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Sunday 12th August

As the remnants of Storm Debbie passed through early morning seawatching produced a single Sooty and at least 19 Balearic Shearwater south with four large shearwater sp, 30+ Fulmar, three Arctic and two Great Skua all heading south.

Elsewhere the first Curlew Sandpiper of the year, a moulting adult, was in the Bight on the evening tide with the Little Stint making a return visit. Other counts from the estuary included 290 Dunlin, 223 Ringed Plover, 65+ Sandwich, 20+ Common and the Black Tern, 40 Mute Swan, seven Bar-tailed Godwit, three Grey Plover, two Greenshank, two Common Sandpiper, two Knot, a Little Ringed Plover and the Slavonian Grebe.

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Saturday 11th August

The change in weather saw little change in numbers but an increased variety with 78 species recorded on site today. Seawatching during the day saw three Balearic Shearwater south early evening with two Little Tern, a Pomarine and two Arctic Skua feeding offshore, three Teal in off and two early Red-breasted Merganser south.

Counts from the estuary included 260 Dunlin, 246 Ringed Plover, 10 Sanderling, five Greenshank, three Grey and two Golden Plover, two Knot, two Bar and a Black-tailed Godwit, the Black Tern and the Little Ringed Plover. Elsewhere four Mediterranean Gull were around the site, a Common Sandpiper on the seawall, the Treecreeper was in the Entrance Bushes and migrants included a Swift, six Willow and a Garden Warbler, a Meadow Pipit and a Wheatear.

Wildlife News: A Basking Shark, only the second Warren record, was offshore with a small pod of dolphin sp. A Grey Seal was in the estuary.

Friday, 10 August 2018

Friday 10th August

The first Little Stint of the year was in the Bight this morning but relocated to the north end of the estuary on the evening tide. Other waders included 294 Dunlin, 271 Ringed Plover, 25+ Sanderling, eight Turnstone, five Whimbrel, three Grey Plover, two Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper, a Knot and a Little Ringed Plover. Also in the estuary 50 Sandwich and 20 Common Tern, five Mediterranean Gull and the Slavonian Grebe.

Elsewhere three Pomarine and two Arctic Skua flew south early morning and migrants included single Sedge and Garden Warbler.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Thursday 9th August

Two Ruff were present on the morning tide with the juvenile Black Tern present briefly over the evening tide with a single Little Ringed Plover. Peak counts from the estuary during the day included 227 Ringed Plover, 194 Dunlin, 51 Common and c50 Sandwich Tern, 20 Whimbrel, 17 Sanderling, 12 Mediterranean Gull, seven Black and seven Bar-tailed Godwit, three Grey Plover, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and the Slavonian Grebe.

Black Tern - Lee Collins

Elsewhere over 100 House Martin were feeding over the site late afternoon, half a dozen Willow Warbler were in the bushes and an Osprey was in the estuary late morning. The potential bird of the day however slipped the net, a probable Great White Egret flew east offshore at 7.30 this morning. It was too distant to clinch but may have been the bird that later dropped onto the Fleet at Abbotsbury, Dorset.

Wildlife News: A new hoverfly for the recording area was found today Eristalinus sepulchralis - the small Spotty-eyed Dronefly. A Wall Brown was on Warren Point and a Painted Lady was watched coming in off the sea early evening.

 Eristalinus sepulchralis - Alan Keatley

Wall Brown - Alan Keatley

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Wednesday 8th August

A juvenile Black Tern was present over the evening tide before heading to Mudbank, also from the hide two juvenile Little Ringed Plover and the first two juvenile Black-tailed Godwit of autumn. Counts from the estuary included 153+ Dunlin, 104 Ringed Plover, 28 Common Tern, 14 Mediterranean Gull, 10 Turnstone, seven Sanderling, three Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe.

Elsewhere two Arctic Skua were offshore, a Wheatear was in front of the hide and 11 Swift were overhead.

 juvenile Common Tern - Lee Collins

juvenile Little Ringed Plover - Lee Collins

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Tuesday 7th August

Counts from the estuary included 108 Ringed Plover, 100+ Dunlin, 32 Common Tern, 26 Sanderling, 12 Mediterranean Gull, a juvenile Little Ringed Plover, single Turnstone, Bar-tailed Godwit and Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere two Teal were offshore, a juvenile Green Woodpecker was on site and 11 House and a single Sand Martin flew through.

Gull sp - Dave Jewell
 Gull sp - Lee Collins
This is thought to be a leucistic Mediterranean Gull, but a hybrid couldn't be ruled out.

Ringing News: This Sandwich Tern KDB has been present since 18th July. It was ringed in mid Wales in September 2015 and has been present here during the last three July/ August periods, showing great site fidelity. A large percentage of ringed Sandwich Terns are recorded here in multiple years, reinforcing the importance of the Warren as a  post breeding stopover site.

Sandwich Tern - Lee Collins

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Sunday 5th August

A Pied Flycatcher on the Golf Course was presumably yesterday's bird relocated with the Treecreeper still present by the First Pond. Also in the bushes a Garden and at least five Willow Warbler and a mix of Blackcap, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff and Reed Warbler. Some of the latter may have been migrants but a few recently fledged birds were also obvious.

Over the high tide a Little Tern was with 140 Sandwich and 22 Common Tern whilst wader numbers picked up considerably with a minimum of 492 Curlew, 372 Redshank, 110+ Dunlin, 107 Ringed Plover, 51+ Sanderling, 15 Mediterranean Gull, nine Whimbrel, four Greenshank, two Turnstone, a summer plumaged Grey Plover and the Slavonian Grebe.

Wildlife News: The highlight was the finding of at least two Purple Hairstreak, only the second Warren record. There is no data on the first record other than it was before 1980. also present a single Clouded Yellow but no sign of any fritillaries.