Saturday 19 March 2016

Saturday 19th March

The highlight was a first winter Iceland Gull at Maer Rocks, Exmouth and then on offshore sandbars early morning before heading into the estuary (pics here). Other signs of migration included a brief summer plumaged Black-necked Grebe off the seawall, single Redpoll and Kestrel heading NE and late in the day a Sand Martin over the Main Pond.  Sightings offshore included 64 Common Scoter, 17 Great-crested Grebe and 16 Wigeon with 146 Brent Geese spread around the site at low tide. Other records included the reappearance of the adult Bonaparte's Gull, feeding in the estuary for the first time in a fortnight, a Firecrest in Dead Dolphin Wood and the Treecreeper in the Entrance Bushes.

Wildlife News: No sign of any Sand Crocus in flower in the overcast conditions.

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