Friday 1 March 2024

Friday 1st March

Despite the passage of a front overnight and continuing showers a 1hr 45m seawatch was uneventful, with the notable exception of a Storm Petrel close in heading SW at 07:10. This is the first Warren record for the period between 11 Jan and 30 Apr. It is also the first March record for Devon, there is also only one February record. 

Also passing SW, 82 Gannet, 45 Kittiwake, three Red-throated Diver and a Common Scoter, with two Great Northern Diver close inshore to seawall.

In the estuary the wader roost was again largely unused with an immature Peregrine and a Sparrowhawk hunting the flocks. Counts included c450 Dunlin, 217+ Black and 50+ Bar-tailed Godwit, 50+ Knot, just 30 Oystercatcher, 15 Sanderling. 11 Ringed Plover and three Greenshank. Also present 158 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 54 Teal, nine Eider, three Red-breasted Merganser and the 2cy presumed Glaucous x Herring Gull on Bull Hill amongst a pre-roost gathering of large gulls on Bull Hill. 

Elsewhere two Rook, a Jackdaw and a Siskin were overhead, three Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff were in the bushes and at least 18 Cirl Bunting were on site.

Year list addition:

112. Storm Petrel

Other Wildlife: The wet weather has been good for some species with the underside of wet logs revealing several hoverfly larvae and two new species for the Recording Area, both common and widespread; Hairy Snail Trochulus hispidus and Marsh Slug Deroceras laeve

The first day of spring - Kevin Rylands

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