Wednesday 28 September 2016

Wednesday 28th September

The Wryneck remains amongst the soon to be removed scrub along the Dune Ridge, with other migrants including three Whitethroat, a Goldcrest and the first Mistle Thrush of autumn whilst 45+ Meadow Pipit, c40 Swallow and a couple of Rook passed overhead. In the estuary wildfowl continue to increase with 1920 Wigeon, 489 Teal and 113 Brent Geese; wader counts included 1760 Oystercatcher, 208 Dunlin, 91 Ringed Plover, 56 Knot, 54 Grey Plover and 51 Bar-tailed Godwit with a Little Stint, four Mediterranean Gull and the Slavonian Grebe also in the estuary. Elsewhere a summer plumaged Red-throated Diver and nine Arctic Skua were offshore, two Jay were in Dead Dolphin Wood and 239 Linnet were feeding on Glasswort in the Bight.

Wildlife News: A large badly decomposing whale, apparently a Sperm Whale, was offshore in the evening, the morning tides will presumably decide whether it is Teignbridge or East Devon Council that receive the unexpected expense of removal.

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