Sunday 26 October 2014

Sunday 26th October

The mobile feeding flock remained offshore sometimes close but often several miles offshore with birds often strung across the whole bay from Budleigh to Torbay. This flock attracted a site record 22+ Pomarine Skua with 30+ Arctic, single Great and the first Long-tailed Skua of the year also heading south. In addition to these there were another distant 35+ skua sp most either Pom or Arctic, many of these were from the first scan of the morning so had presumably roosted far out into the bay. Also offshore and/or heading south a Sooty Shearwater, 525+ Gannet, 500+ Kittiwake, 104 Common Scoter, 100+ auk, five Great Northern, a Red-throated and a Black-throated Diver. Records from the estuary included a second winter Little Gull, 268 Dunlin, 146 Teal, 143 Brent Geese, 40 Black and 28 Bar-tailed Godwit, 37 Turnstone, 16 Grey Plover, six Mediterranean Gull, three Sandwich Tern and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere a Tawny Owl was in the entrance Bushes an overhead migration had virtually ground to a halt with just 235 Wood Pigeon, 92 Jackdaw and a Grey Wagtail.

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