Saturday 9 November 2013

Saturday 9th November

The highlight was an adult Bonaparte's Gull seen flying south along the seawall at 8.30am. Presumably the bird that has been at Teignmouth since mid September and the same bird as present on the Exe in May. It had returned to Teignmouth by 9am but was reported again at the Warren just after midday. Counts from the estuary included 125 Curlew, 103 Dunlin, 45 Grey and 29 Ringed Plover, 22 Shelduck, 10 Red-breasted Merganser, six Sanderling, two Pintail, single Black and Bar-tailed Godwit, a Snipe and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere two Great Northern Diver and a Great Skua were offshore, two Cirl Bunting were around Greenland Lake, a Kingfisher was on the Main Pond, six Chiffchaff were on site and overhead there were 25+ Goldfinch, three Redpoll and a Siskin.

Wildlife News: At least six Common Darter were still on the wing as were four species of butterfly; three Red Admiral and single Painted Lady, Comma and Small Copper.

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