Monday, 14 October 2019

Monday 14th October

A mostly wet and miserable day but even in drier periods there was little to be found in the bushes with just three Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff noted, although the Cetti's Warbler was again by the Main Pond. Elsewhere the Slavonian Grebe was in the estuary with 17 Sandwich Tern.

Slavonian Grebe 09/10/19 - Lee Collins

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Sunday 13th October

The Siberian Lesser Whitethroat presumed blythi remained around the Entrance Bushes with eight Blackcap, five Chiffchaff and two Wheatear also on site. Other migrants included a mobile flock of 170 Goldfinch and 40 Greenfinch feasting on Evening Primrose, no doubt helping to attract a passing Merlin.

Siberian Lesser Whitethroat - Lee Collins

Elsewhere two Shoveler and an Arctic Skua were offshore and records from the estuary included a Curlew Sandpiper, 290 Redshank, 161 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 47 Dunlin, 33 Bar and a Black-tailed Godwit, 28 Sandwich Tern, 23 Ringed, 20 Grey and a Golden Plover, 16 Knot, eight Greenshank, a Whimbrel and the Slavonian Grebe.

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Saturday 12th October

A Siberian Lesser Whitethroat, presumed blythi, was around the Entrance Bushes most of the day, a first for the Recording Area. It arrived along with at least eight Blackcap and four Song Thrush, with a Wheatear, four Chiffchaff and three Goldcrest also on site and 13 House Martin overhead.

 Lesser Whitethroat blythi  - Alan Keatley

Lesser Whitethroat blythi  - both Luke Harman

Counts from the estuary included 875 Wigeon, 264 Redshank, 139 Teal, 86 Turnstone, 32 Bar and a Black-tailed Godwit, 28 Dunlin, 21 Sandwich and two Common Tern, eight Grey, four Ringed and a Golden Plover, seven Pale-bellied Brent Geese, six Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere a Red-throated Diver, three Arctic and a Pomarine Skua were offshore.

Wildlife News: Three Harbour Porpoise and a Grey Seal were offshore.

Parasol - Alan Keatley. With the recent rain fungi are out in abundance on site.

Friday, 11 October 2019

Friday 11th October

Seawatching from just after 8am saw 17 Arctic, three Pomarine, a Great and the year's first Long-tailed Skua head south along with a Puffin, three Red-throated and two Great Northern Diver.

Elsewhere there was no sign of the Long-billed Dowitcher in the estuary but species present included seven Golden Plover, 100 Turnstone, 85 Sandwich, five Common and two Arctic Tern, 40 Dunlin, 35 Ringed Plover, four Red-breasted Merganser and the Slavonian Grebe.

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Thursday 10th October

The first Long-billed Dowitcher for the Warren was discovered associating with Oystercatcher on the afternoon's rising tide. It was soon flushed by a Merlin but was eventually relocated in front of the hide and occasionally feeding on the Golf Course. The hide should be accessible along the beach throughout the tide cycle tomorrow, there is no access to the Golf Course.

Long-billed Dowitcher - Alan Keatley

Long-billed Dowitcher - Luke Harman

Also in the estuary a good total of 1401 Wigeon, 165 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 67 Sandwich, five Common and an Arctic Tern, 17 Grey and two Golden Plover, 15 Mediterranean Gull, six Greenshank, four Red-breasted Merganser, a Pintail and a Slavonian Grebe.

Cirl Bunting - Alan Keatley

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Wednesday 9th October

The feeding flock offshore was still present and estimated to comprise of 1,700 birds.  Two Arctic Skua in attendance chased around the Kittiwake and terns. Large numbers of terns remain on site with 112 Sandwich and a Common Tern in the estuary along with 82 Turnstone, 24 Dunlin, 14 Ringed Plover, 12 Bar-tailed Godwit, six Mediterranean Gull, five Grey Plover, three Knot, a Red-breasted Merganser and the Slavonian Grebe.

A Cetti's Warbler called a few times from reed-beds around the Main Pond. The bushes and dunes were quieter than yesterday, holding six Blackcap, five Chiffchaff, five Goldcrest and a Wheatear.  Overhead there were 162 Meadow Pipit, 41 alba Wagtail, 25 Jackdaw, 18 Skylark, 10 Chaffinch and three Siskin.

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Tuesday 8th October

A Great White Egret leisurely flew along the coastline and headed up the spit at dawn. The massive seabird melee was still present far offshore, comprising mostly of Black-headed Gull, Kittiwake, Gannet, four Mediterranean Gull and terns, which totaled 141 Sandwich, seven Common and two adult Arctic Tern. In addition, passage south included two Balearic Shearwater. 

The first Red-breasted Merganser of the winter was in the estuary with 189 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 71 Turnstone, 36 Dunlin, 27 Ringed Plover, eight Grey Plover and four Sanderling

Movement overhead 470 Meadow Pipit, 35 Skylark, 20 Swallow, four Rook, three Grey Wagtail and a Jackdaw with a clear arrival of 21 Blackcap in the bushes.

Wildlife news: two pods of four and five Common Dolphin joined the feeding frenzy offshore.

Monday, 7 October 2019

Monday 7th October

Good feeding conditions remain offshore attracting at least 96 Sandwich, two Common and an Arctic Tern with at least 10 Arctic and four Great Skua passing south. Elsewhere a Ruff was a new arrival in the Bight with counts from the estuary including 366 Wigeon, 217 Teal, 100+ Great Black-backed Gull, 63 Turnstone, 48 Ringed Plover, 37 Dunlin, two Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe.

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Due to the significant ongoing erosion, Teignbridge District Council is advising extreme caution when visiting. The dune path between groyne 10 – 18 is unsafe and a section of this path has been washed away, so is completely closed with no access. Access to the Hide and Warren Point is only possible via the beach with the risk of being cut off for a period either side of any high tide. The only access to these areas is along the beach at lower states of tide.

Sunday 6th October

A Short-toed Lark was reportedly seen briefly along the Dune Ridge before flying to the Golf Course mid afternoon, but there was no further sign. Grounded migrants were limited to 12 Goldcrest, six Chiffchaff and three Blackcap, although overhead passage picked up with a late Tree Pipit amongst good number of Meadow Pipit, 115 alba Wagtail and a steady movement of Greenfinch, Goldfinch and Linnet. The year's first Merlin also passed through.

In the estuary numbers of terns increased considerably with a minimum of 159 Sandwich and five Common Tern on Bull Hill, with a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper, 374 Curlew, 143 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 24 Dunlin, seven Greenshank, eight Mediterranean Gull and two Pintail also present. Elsewhere at least six Arctic Skua were off the seawall harrying the terns and hundreds of gulls feeding offshore.

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Saturday 5th October

Good feeding conditions remain offshore with the large numbers of gulls attracting in at least three Arctic Skua, whilst further out in the bay 19 Balearic Shearwater flew south in three groups. Counts from the estuary included 154 Teal, 143 Dunlin, 51 Ringed Plover, 45+ Sandwich Tern, 27 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 12 Grey Plover, eight Greenshank, four Mediterranean Gull and the Slavonian Grebe.

Overhead passage was limited by the lack of cloud but small parties of Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Linnet were heading east along with 75 Swallow, 50 Meadow Pipit, 45 Skylark, three Chaffinch and a Siskin. Grounded migrants included six Chiffchaff, four Goldcrest and a Wheatear.

Chiffchaff - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: A pod of eight Common Dolphin were offshore early morning with the usual late autumn butterflies and dragonflies on the wing including four Painted Lady, a Wall and several Migrant Hawker.

Friday, 4 October 2019

Friday 4th October

A Cetti's Warbler in the Entrance Bushes was seemingly the only new migrant, just the 10th for the Recording Area. Elsewhere just four Chiffchaff, three Goldcrest and a Wheatear were also on site with 11 House Martin and a Swallow overhead.

Seawatching was rewarding considering the relatively benign conditions, a juvenile Little Tern was the most notable record with 490 Gannet and 120 Kittiwake also heading south with two Pomarine, four Arctic and a Great Skua. In the estuary 78 Sandwich Tern, including a colour-ringed juvenile from Cemlyn Bay on Anglesey, and 47 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, including two juveniles.

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Thursday 3rd October

Counts from the estuary included an exceptional October tally of 89 Sandwich Tern, 120 Dunlin, 76 Dark and two Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 10 Greenshank, nine Grey Plover, four Mediterranean Gull and two Black Swan.

Elsewhere single Wheatear and Goldcrest were on site, 25 Swallow flew west and 150 Gannet, 35 Kittiwake, four Arctic and a Great Skua were lingering off the seawall.

 Grey Plover (and Dunlin) - Alan Keatley

Mediterranean Gull (2nd winter) - Alan Keatley

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Wednesday 2nd October

Counts from the estuary included 419 Curlew, a high count of 72 Sandwich Tern, 25 Turnstone, 22 Dark and two Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 20 Knot, 12 Grey Plover, six Greenshank, a Shoveler and the Slavonian Grebe

Elsewhere vismig was limited by a lack of cloud cover but 60 Meadow Pipit, 38 House Martin, 20 Skylark, 10 Swallow and a Grey Wagtail were overhead. Grounded migrants included five Wheatear, four Goldcrest and a Whitethroat whilst four Balearic Shearwater and an Arctic Skua headed south offshore. 

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Tuesday 1st October

An evening visit on a rising tide saw counts of 517 Wigeon, 368 Redshank, 25 Knot, six Dark and a Pale-bellied Brent Geese, two Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe from the estuary.

Monday, 30 September 2019

Monday 30th September

The day started calm with noticeable overhead movement south west including 450+ Meadow Pipit, 130 Swallow, 45 Skylark, 11 Raven, in a loose flock, three Chaffinch, three House and a Sand Martin. The same conditions meant it was quiet offshore but single Balearic Shearwater and Arctic Tern did fly south.

Elsewhere five Wheatear were on site and counts from the estuary included 310 Curlew, 65 Ringed Plover, 44 Dunlin, 36 Sandwich Tern, 25 Turnstone, 12 Knot, 10 Grey Plover, seven Greenshank, five Mediterranean Gull and a Slavonian Grebe.

Sunday, 29 September 2019

Sunday 29th September

Seawatching was again the order of the day with significant passage before 9am. The highlight was the first Little Gull of the year, an immature in a small Kittiwake flock, but the most welcome site was the high number of Arctic Skua with a minimum of 45 heading south, along with 12 Great Skua, seven Balearic Shearwater, 700 Gannet, 70 Kittiwake, 30 Sandwich Tern, a Great Northern Diver and a Golden Plover. Also on the move over the waves small numbers of Swallow and Meadow Pipit.

The juvenile Curlew Sandpiper remained in the Bight with 83 Ringed Plover, 82 Dunlin, 34 Turnstone, 30 Sanderling and nine Grey Plover. Also in the estuary 34 Bar and a Black-tailed Godwit, five Mediterranean Gull, two Greenshank, a Common Sandpiper and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere just the third Garden Warbler of the year was in Dead Dolphin Wood, the first Goldcrest of the autumn was by the First Pond and at least six Wheatear were on site.

Southern Hawker - Luke Harman

The combination of gales and a large high tide removed all of the sand that had built up on the top of the beach this summer meaning the beach is again no longer passable at high tide. The erosion was not restricted to the beach with 4-5 feet of sand also lost from the Dune Ridge. This revealed some hidden structures and a fossilised Dalek.

Saturday, 28 September 2019

Saturday 28th September

The first Pintail of the autumn was with 350 Wigeon in the estuary with 43 Sandwich and six Common Tern, 14 Knot and the Slavonian Grebe. The first Mistle Thrush of the autumn was overhead along with a Tree and 40 Meadow Pipit, 45 Swallow and 10 Skylark, whilst grounded migrants included 12 Blackcap, five Chiffchaff, a Whitethroat and a Wheatear.

Seawatching saw 960 Gannet and four Arctic Skua head south early morning with 103 Kittiwake and two Arctic Skua passing during the evening.

Wildlife News: A few fresh looking Painted Lady were on the wing, probably a new generation, also third generation Wall and Common Blue in the Crocus Compound.

 Painted Lady - Alan Keatley

Wall - Alan Keatley

Common Blue - Luke Harman

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Thursday 26th September

Seawatching for the first two hours saw 75 Balearic Shearwater head south, a great count for this critically endangered seabird, also moving south 2160 Gannet, nearly doubling the previous site record, 18 Arctic and single Pomarine and Great Skua, 60 Kittiwake and 12 Manx Shearwater. A fem/imm Tufted Duck also circled the bay a few times. A quick look late evening saw two more Balearic Shearwater south and at least four Arctic Skua lingering.

Also on the move today c500 Meadow Pipit overhead with the first three Siskin of the autumn, 120 Swallow and a Yellow Wagtail whilst two Whitethroat arrived on Warren Point. The Slavonian Grebe was off Cockwood with 503 Wigeon, 293 Redshank, 181 Teal, 27 Brent Geese, 25 Sandwich Tern, 21 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Grey Plover and two Greenshank.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Wednesday 25th September

The two Curlew Sandpiper remained in the Bight on the high tide with 128 Ringed Plover, 91 Dunlin, 12 Turnstone and a Grey Plover. Also in the estuary 112 Teal, 88 Wigeon, 43 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 12 Sandwich Tern and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere 38 Sanderling were along the beach and five Wheatear were on site.

Wildlife News: A Belladonna Lily was still in flower on Warren Point, the only Devon location for this garden escapee.

Belladonna Lily - Lee Collins

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Tuesday 24th September

Seawatching between 7-9am saw 619 Gannet head south, the vast majority before 8.30am. Also going south 33 Kittiwake, two Mediterranean Gull, two Arctic and a Great Skua. Elsewhere two Wheatear were in front of the hide and records from the estuary included two Curlew Sandpiper, 36 Sanderling, 14 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 11 Sandwich Tern, seven Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe.

Monday, 23 September 2019

Monday 23rd September

Seawatching during the morning saw a distant Sooty Shearwater heading south along with two possible Long-tailed Skua although little else was passing. The evening may have been more productive but no one was present. Elsewhere 41 Sandwich Tern and 15 Brent Geese were in the estuary and migrants included just the fifth Spotted Flycatcher of the year and a single Whitethroat.

Sunday, 22 September 2019

Sunday 22nd September

The change in weather brought hopes of filling in the only gap in the Recording Area's September day by day rarity table, but it was not to be with the bushes blown out and seemingly quiet. New arrivals were present in the estuary though with 183 Wigeon and 88 Teal counted along with 1420 Oystercatcher, 526 Curlew, 322 Redshank, 141 Ringed Plover, 90+ Dunlin, 37 Sandwich Tern, 30 Turnstone, 10 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, six Greenshank, four Snipe and the Slavonian Grebe.

Wildlife News: A single Rush Veneer was on Warren Point and a Yellow-barred Peat Hoverfly Sericomyia silentis, the second site record was in the Back Meadow.

Yellow-barred Peat Hoverfly Sericomyia silentis

Saturday, 21 September 2019

Saturday 21st September

A distinctly autumnal feel to the day with the first 35 Dark-bellied Brent Geese in the estuary, along with counts of 92 Great Black-backed Gull, 91 Dunlin, 77 Ringed Plover, 48 Wigeon, 36 Sandwich Tern, 29 Sanderling, 21 Knot, 17 Bar and a Black-tailed Godwit, a Grey Plover, a Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe.

 Knot - Alan Keatley

Brent Geese and Wigeon - Alan Keatley

Elsewhere a Great-crested Grebe was offshore, a Whinchat was along the Back Path and overhead 30 Swallow, 14 House Martin and a Grey Wagtail.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Thursday 19th September

A Lesser Whitethroat was the pick of migrants, arriving with an influx of at least 21 Blackcap, also on site nine Chiffchaff, a Whitethroat and a Wheatear, with three Grey and a Yellow Wagtail overhead. Elsewhere an Osprey was hunting in the estuary with 82 Ringed Plover, 26 Sandwich Tern, 25 Wigeon, 21 Sanderling, 15 Dunlin, three Greenshank, a Black-tailed Godwit and the Slavonian Grebe.

Black (front) & Bar-tailed Godwit - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: A Comma was the pick of eight butterfly species recorded, with a similar number hoverfly species still on the wing. The number of Ivy Bee continue to increase although most of the Ivy is still to flower.

Dumpy Melanostoma Melanostoma mellinum - Alan Keatley

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Wednesday 18th September

The wandering White Stork avoided the Recording Area with just a handful of Meadow Pipit and Swallow overhead and grounded migrants limited to two Wheatear and a Willow Warbler. Elsewhere 21 Sanderling, 20 of these were juveniles, were on the beach and counts from the estuary included 49 Ringed Plover, 42 Knot, 37 Teal, 23 Wigeon, 20 Dunlin, five Greenshank, two Grey Plover and a Whimbrel.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Tuesday 17th September

No sign of the Wryneck today, but the Whinchat remained in Greenland Lake and 12 Wheatear were new arrivals. Overhead 150+ Swallow all heading west, 35 Meadow Pipit, three House Martin and the first two Skylark of the autumn.

Elsewhere a Grey Wagtail dropped in at the First Pond, 44 Sanderling were on the beach and counts from the estuary included 67 Knot, 38 Bar and a Black-tailed Godwit, seven Grey Plover, four Mediterranean Gull and a Whimbrel.

Wildlife News: A Clouded Yellow was along the Back Path.

Monday, 16 September 2019

Monday 16th September

A Wryneck on Warren Point was a surprise highlight as other grounded migrants were limited to single Whinchat and Wheatear, three Whitethroat, nine Blackcap and six Chiffchaff. Over a single Tree Pipit amongst 50 Meadow Pipit, 40 House Martin, five Swallow, three Yellow and three Grey Wagtail.

Elsewhere 110 Ringed Plover, 68 Dunlin, 42 Bar and a Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Knot, four Mediterranean Gull, three Sandwich Tern, three Greenshank and a Slavonian Grebe were in the estuary.

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Sunday 15th September

The highlight was the second Recording Area record of Quail, a bird flushed from the Dune Ridge before seeming to land on the Golf Course but there was no further sign. The only previous record was found moribund on 17th May 1967. Numbers of other migrants had dropped with just 10 Blackcap, two Whitethroat and a Wheatear. Overhead 25 Meadow Pipit, three Grey and a Yellow Wagtail, 15 Swallow and a House Martin.

Counts from the estuary included two Curlew Sandpiper, 1418 Oystercatcher, 315 Redshank, 139 Ringed Plover, 50 Knot, 44 Dunlin, 41 Bar and two Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Sanderling, 12 Mediterranean Gull, seven Sandwich Tern, seven Grey Plover and a Whimbrel.

Wildlife News: A Golden-ringed Dragonfly was only the second of the year, there was also a noticeable arrival of Migrant Hawker.

Saturday, 14 September 2019

Saturday 14th September

A Whinchat in Greenland Lake and a Sedge Warbler on Warren Point were the pick of the migrants with 20 Blackcap, five Whitethroat and three Wheatear also on site with 25 Meadow Pipit, six Grey and two Yellow Wagtail overhead.

 Sedge Warbler - Alan Keatley

An Osprey was feeding upriver early morning with two Curlew Sandpiper amongst 113 Ringed Plover, 70 Knot, 62 Dunlin and 39 Sanderling. Also in the estuary 31 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 326 Redshank, 38 Teal, 30 Bar and a Black-tailed Godwit, 13 Sandwich Tern and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere 255 Linnet were around the Bight, a Kingfisher was on the Main Pond and a Coal Tit was in Dead Dolphin Wood.

Wildlife News: A Yellow-barred Peat Hoverfly Sericomyia silentis in the Entrance Bushes was a surprise first for the Recording Area. Also nectaring on the remaining Water Mint and Gypsywort, several Hornet Hoverfly Volucella zonaria and a Beewolf Philanthus triangulum. Also on the wing two Clouded Yellow, 20+ Painted Lady and a lone Small Tortoiseshell.

Yellow-barred Peat Hoverfly - Alan Keatley

Friday, 13 September 2019

Friday 13th September

A juvenile Curlew Sandpiper remained in the Bight with 70 Dunlin, 62 Ringed Plover, 45 Sanderling, 43 Knot and seven Grey Plover. Also in the estuary 33 Teal, 16 Sandwich Tern, a Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe

Elsewhere 50 Swallow, 15 House Martin, 15 Meadow Pipit, three Raven and two Grey Wagtail were overhead with six Wheatear and a Whitethroat on site.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Wednesday 11th September

A juvenile Curlew Sandpiper was in the Bight on the evening tide with counts from the estuary including 1302 Oystercatcher, 98 Ringed Plover, 81 Teal, 78 Dunlin, 67 Knot, 27 Sandwich Tern, 22 Sanderling, 15 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Wigeon, five Grey Plover and two Greenshank. Other records included 146 Linnet and five Wheatear on site and 534 Canada Geese in to roost.

Wildlife News: The Autumn Ladies Tresses are starting to go over for the season, a Fox was on Warren Point and five Migrant Hawker and four Common Darter were hunting along the Back Path.


Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Tuesday 10th September

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

Monday, 9 September 2019

Monday 9th September

An small influx of wildfowl included the first Garganey of the year, the first autumn record since 2013. It was present in the saltmarsh with 41 Teal, nine Wigeon and two Shoveler. The Purple Sandpiper was still present on the dropping tide with 69 Ringed Plover, 50+ Dunlin and four Sanderling.

Also in the estuary an adult Yellow-legged and 51 Great Black-backed Gull, 26 Sandwich Tern, 13 Bar and four Black-tailed Godwit, nine Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere a Whinchat was on the Golf Course.

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Sunday 8th September

A juvenile Purple Sandpiper in the Bight was the first for the year, it was roosting with 94 Ringed Plover, 64 Dunlin, 39 Knot, 14 Sanderling and the juvenile Curlew Sandpiper. Also in the estuary 411 Curlew, 332 Redshank, 55 Sandwich Tern, 16 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Teal, six Greenshank, five Snipe, including on the Bull Hill sandbar, three Wigeon and the Slavonian Grebe.

Elsewhere the summer plumaged Red-throated Diver remained off the seawall, 16 Chiffchaff, 15 Blackcap, three Willow Warbler and two Wheatear were on site and 95 Swallow, four Sand and two House Martin, a Grey Wagtail and the first Chaffinch of the autumn passed overhead.

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Saturday 7th September

A juvenile Curlew Sandpiper was in the Bight with 110 Ringed Plover, 76 Dunlin and 18 Knot over the high tide. Also in the estuary 26 Sandwich Tern, 11 Mediterranean Gull, a Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere a Red-throated Diver was offshore and migrants included 80 Swallow, 50 House Martin, 19 Meadow Pipit, a Yellow Wagtail and a Buzzard overhead and seven Wheatear, seven Whitethroat and a Reed Warbler in the bushes.
Curlew Sandpiper - Alan Keatley
Wildlife News: Two Clouded Yellow were on the wing with the first Ivy Bee Colletes hederea of the year, a Phantom Cranefly Ptychoptera contaminata and at least 14 hoverfly species including Hornet Hoverfly Volucella zonaria, Hook-banded Wasp Hoverfly Chrysotoxum festivum,  Common Spotted Eupeodes Eupeodes luniger and Superb Ant-hill Hoverfly Xanthogramma pedissequum.

Hook-banded Wasp Hoverfly Chrysotoxum festivum - Alan Keatley

 Ivy Bee Colletes hederea - Alan Keatley

Phantom Cranefly Ptychoptera contaminata - Alan Keatley

Friday, 6 September 2019

Friday 6th September

An early visit saw 30 House Martin overhead with 14 Meadow Pipit and two Grey Wagtail with a feeding group of 104 Gannet offshore. The bushes held nine Blackcap, nine Chiffchaff and three Whitethroat with a Wheatear and the first two of this year's nearby Pheasant releases.

Thursday, 5 September 2019

Thursday 5th September

Two Teal on the Main Pond were a further sign of autumn with 30 Swallow, eight House Martin, single Grey Wagtail and Meadow Pipit overhead, grounded migrants included eight Wheatear and three Willow Warbler.  Counts from the high tide were made difficult due to regular forays of hunting Peregrine and Sparrowhawk, but 90 Dunlin, 60 Ringed Plover and eight Sanderling were in the Bight with 19 Mediterranean Gull and six Sandwich Tern in the Railway Saltmarsh.

Wildlife News: An autumnal feel amongst the invertebrates as well with just a few Common Darter and Emperor on the wing along with a few Red Admiral and Painted Lady. Hoverflies were largely composed of drone fly species but also a Marsh Tiger Hoverfly Helophilus hybridus.

Stripe-winged Dronefly Eristalis horticola - Alan Keatley

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Wednesday 4th September

Two Whitethroat were in Greenland Lake with 100+ House Martin and five Raven overhead but no other news was received.

Monday, 2 September 2019

Monday 2nd September

A juvenile Curlew Sandpiper remained in the Bight with a juvenile Little, two Common and 50 Sandwich Tern.

Sunday, 1 September 2019

Sunday 1st September

The change of month saw a distinct change in season with the first five Wigeon of the autumn flying in off the sea, along with a flock of 16 Shelduck and a handful of Meadow Pipit. Other arrivals were however limited to nine Wheatear and a couple of Reed Warbler.

In the estuary two juvenile Curlew Sandpiper were in the Bight with 216 Dunlin, 71 Ringed Plover, 19 Knot, seven Sanderling and a juvenile Black-tailed Godwit. Counts from the Railway Saltmarsh included 514 Curlew, 212 Redshank, 13 Mediterranean Gull, five Bar-tailed Godwit, two Whimbrel and a Greenshank. Also in the estuary 43 Sandwich Tern and the Slavonian Grebe.

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Saturday 31st August

A juvenile Curlew Sandpiper was in the Bight with 200+ Dunlin and smaller numbers of Ringed Plover, Knot, Sanderling and Turnstone. Also in the estuary the Slavonian Grebe, 20 Sandwich and two Little Tern.
Elsewhere single Yellow and Grey Wagtail were overhead and there was a large feeding aggregation out in Lyme Bay with 70+ Manx Shearwater, 65+ Gannet and 50+ Kittiwake close enough to identify.

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Thursday 29th August

Three Curlew Sandpiper, an adult and two juveniles, were amongst the Dunlin and Ringed Plover in the Bight with a Ruff, a Little Ringed Plover, 24 Knot, eight Sanderling, seven Grey Plover and a Lapwing. Elsewhere three Little Tern were in the estuary, the first Tree Pipit of the autumn flew over with a Lesser Whitethroat in Dead Dolphin Wood.

Wildlife News: A Lesser Hornet Hoverfly Volucella inanis was found near the Tractor Compound, a new species for the Recording Area. This species lays its eggs in wasp nests, this species uses ground nests, whilst its close relative Hornet Hoverfly Volucella zonaria uses tree nests. Butterflies included a Clouded Yellow, double figures of Painted Lady and Red Admiral and a Wall.

 Lesser Hornet Hoverfly - Alan Keatley

 Autumn Ladies Tresses - Alan Keatley

Common Darter - Alan Keatley

Monday, 26 August 2019

Monday 26th August

The first Curlew Sandpiper of the year, a fresh juvenile, was in the Bight with 259 Dunlin, 100 Ringed Plover, 29 Knot, 14 Sanderling and four Grey Plover. Also in the estuary the first three Teal of autumn, 395 Curlew, 366 Redshank, 14 Sandwich Tern, seven Greenshank, four Black and three Bar-tailed Godwit, two Mediterranean Gull and the Slavonian Grebe.

Elsewhere a Spotted Flycatcher was by the Tractor Compound but other migrant numbers were much reduced, with two Grey and a Yellow Wagtail were overhead with just 10 Swallow, a House Martin, three Rook and a Jackdaw.
Wheatear - Charles Fleming

Sunday, 25 August 2019

Sunday 25th August

A misty start to the day lifted just too soon with the birds moving to the east of us presumably following the cloud line just to the north of the Warren. As a consequence there was virtually no movement overhead with just 35 Swallow, four Yellow and a Grey Wagtail noted. Grounded migrants were however more numerous with two Lesser Whitethroat, a Whinchat, at least five Wheatear, a Garden Warbler, 11 Whitethroat, nine Chiffchaff and eight Blackcap.
Lesser Whitethroat - Charles Fleming

The estuary was also busy with an Osprey mid morning, a juvenile Black Tern, a Little Ringed Plover, 331 Curlew, 294 Redshank, 226 Dunlin, 97 Ringed Plover, 49 Sandwich and four Common Tern, 47 Knot, a Greenshank, the first Snipe of the autumn and the Slavonian Grebe. A second Black Tern joined over 700 Black-headed and 10 Mediterranean Gull anting over the estuary and surround areas.

Wildlife News: Two Clouded Yellow were seen and the Grey Seal was in the estuary.

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Saturday 24th August

A small fall of migrants included only the second Lesser Whitethroat of the year amongst 12 Whitethroat, 11 Blackcap, a Garden Warbler and a Wheatear. Also around the bushes two Treecreeper and a Coal Tit. Over the high tide two juvenile Little Ringed Plover were in the Bight with 1018 Oystercatcher, 345 Dunlin, 129 Ringed Plover, 79 Sandwich and a Common Tern, 15 Knot and 13 Sanderling. Also in the estuary the Slavonian Grebe and an adult Cormorant feeding a juvenile bird, not something previously noted on site.

Wildlife News: The first Clouded Yellow of the year was in Greenland Lake along with 20+ Painted Lady and at least three Red Admiral.

Clouded Yellow - Alan Keatley

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Thursday 22nd August

Counts over a low high tide included 273 Dunlin, 136 Ringed Plover, 45 Sandwich Tern, 26 Sanderling, five Turnstone, two juvenile Mediterranean Gull and a Bar-tailed Godwit. Elsewhere a Whinchat was on the Point, with 12 Blackcap, six Whitethroat, two Willow and a Sedge Warbler also on site and a Yellow Wagtail overhead.

Wildlife News: Sea Daffodil is again in flower on Warren Point; the Warren one of just a handful of locations in the UK for this plant. 

Sea Daffodil - Alan Keatley

Elsewhere at least 20 Painted Lady were on site with two Red Admiral also new arrivals. Six Small Red-eyed Damselfly were on the Main Pond and good numbers of Yellow-legged Mining Bee Andrena flavipes and their cuckoo Painted Nomad Bee Nomada fucata.

 Yellow-legged Mining Bee - Alan Keatley

Painted Nomad Bee - Alan Keatley