Saturday 5 April 2014

Saturday 5th April

The murky conditions dropped in a handful of migrants with two Willow Warbler, two Wheatear and a Blackcap all new in. Offshore seven Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver were on the sea, three Shoveler flew in off and a single Manx Shearwater headed south. Elsewhere the Glaucous Gull was still around the estuary mouth and in the estuary there were 19 Sandwich Tern, 17 Turnstone, 11 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, nine Ringed and seven Grey Plover, four Knot, two Dunlin and two Mediterranean Gull.

Ringing News: The colour-ringed Grey Plover above seen yesterday had been ringed in Fianteira, Sanxenxo (Pontevedra), Spain in January 2012, wintering there for the last two years but this was the first overseas sighting and the first record since February 2013. It appears to be the first Devon Grey Plover recovery since 1964 and the first Spain-UK recovery. 

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