Saturday 11 March 2023

Saturday 11th March

The Red-necked Grebe was still present off groyne 12 with a Great Northern Diver also offshore. In the estuary the first migrant Sandwich Tern of the year, a Scandinavian Rock Pipit and counts including 760 Dunlin, 339 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 98 Curlew, 97 Grey Plover, 68 Bar-tailed Godwit, 32 Teal, 25 Redshank, 15 Shelduck, 11 Sanderling, nine Wigeon and three Knot. The first Tawny Owl of the year called from the Entrance Bushes with a Firecrest in Dead Dolphin Wood. and a Pheasant foraging below Langstone Rock on the exposed reefs at low tide!

Wildlife News: A Shores of South Devon event explored the exposed rockpools below Langstone Rock, a habitat much neglected by the Recording Group, unless searching for a Purple Sandpiper! In addition to the Pheasant finds included a dead Plaice dropped by a Herring Gull, numerous species of seaweed including Bunny Ears (or more boringly Jointed Pod Weed) Lomentaria articulata and the tasty Pepper Dulse Osmundea pinnatifida, the soft rock boring mollusc Piddock Pholas dactylus and three species of anemone, Beadlet, Snakelocks and Strawberry

Honeycomb Worm Sabellaria alveolata reefs - Kevin Rylands

Snakelocks Anemone - Kevin Rylands

Strawberry Anemone - Kevin Rylands

Pepper Dulse - Kevin Rylands

Plaice - Kevin Rylands

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