Tuesday, 26 October 2021

Tuesday 26th October

Counts from the estuary were hampered by a hunting Peregrine on arrival but once everything had settled down 611 Wigeon, 423 Teal, 81 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 22 Shelduck and a female Pintail were in Shutterton Creek. As the tide dropped wader counts included an exceptional 409 Black-tailed Godwit, 324 Redshank, 290 Dunlin, 79 Curlew, 61 Bar-tailed Godwit and a good count of 20 Greenshank. Also in the estuary a Red-breasted Merganser, five Great-crested Grebe and two Mediterranean Gull.

Movement overhead mid morning suggested earlier vismig had been missed with 88 Jackdaw through in two flocks, along with four Golden Plover, a Grey Wagtail and single figures of Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Skylark. Elsewhere five Chiffchaff were on site, the Cetti's Warbler was at the Main Pond with two Water Rail and a Kingfisher and offshore seven Common Scoter and a Purple Sandpiper.

Wildlife News: A few hardy Great Green Bush Cricket continue to call at dusk but a male Grey Bush Cricket was unexpected this late in the year. 

Grey Bush-cricket 

Sunday, 24 October 2021

Sunday 24th October

The Cetti's Warbler was still at the Main Pond, with two Water Rail, a Kingfisher and a Little Grebe. Six Chiffchaff and two Goldcrest were in the surrounding bushes. 

Wildlife News: Both Migrant Hawker and Common Darter remain on the wing.

Saturday, 23 October 2021

Saturday 23rd October

Visible migration overhead was reduced from recent days with small numbers of Woodpigeon, six Rook, four Jackdaw, three Chaffinch, three Redwing and a Merlin. Grounded migrants included 103 Linnet, 23 Greenfinch, six Chiffchaff, two Goldcrest and a Blackcap.

Counts in the estuary over the large high tide included 1052 Oystercatcher, 900 Wigeon, 315 Redshank, 230 Teal, 165 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 120 Turnstone, 106 Dunlin, 55 Bar and two Black-tailed Godwit, 25 Grey Plover, 20 Shelduck, 19 Greenshank and two Knot

Wildlife News: Largely overcast conditions limited invertebrate activity although Ivy Bee were still active and the soldierfly Twin-spot Centurion were in the Entrance Bushes. 

Twin-spot Centurion - Alan Keatley

Thursday, 21 October 2021

Thursday 21 October

A Cetti's Warbler was at the Main Pond for its third day, only the 12th Warren record, although annual since 2017 in autumn/winter. Also at the Main Pond the first returning Little Grebe and two Kingfisher; elsewhere a Swallow and a Buzzard overhead, the latter perched up in Dead Dolphin Wood where there were three Goldcrest.

In the estuary the first three Red-breasted Merganser of the winter along with eight Greenshank and four Sandwich Tern and three Pale-bellied Brent Goose.

Wildlife News: The flowering Ivy remains a magnet for late insects, with a couple of Noon Fly Mesembrina meridiana amongst the numerous wasps and bluebottles an overdue first for the year. 

Noon Fly - Alan Keatley

Despite the sunshine the sharp drop in temperature means hoverfly numbers are reducing rapidly with Common Dronefly Eristalis tenax the only one still out in any number, with one or two Humming Syrphus Syrphus ribesii, Tiger Hoverfly Helophilus pendulus, Common Spotted Field Syrph Eupeodes luniger, Long Hoverfly Sphaerophoria scripta, Slender Melanstoma Melanostoma scalare, Marmalade Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus and White-clubbed Hoverfly Scaeva pyrastri.

Butterflies were restricted to a lone Meadow Brown and a couple of Peacock and Red Admiral with remaining dragonflies limited to a few Common Darter, Migrant Hawker and a Southern Hawker.

Southern Hawker - Alan Keatley

Sunday, 17 October 2021

Sunday 17th October

No sign of Wryneck this morning 8:30 - 10:30, with seven Chiffchaff, five Blackcap and two Goldcrest in the bushes and overhead14 Skylark, eight Chaffinch, seven Siskin and a Redpoll

In the estuary the wildfowl and a Kingfisher were disturbed by boat traffic to Eels Dock with 113 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, all adults, 41 Ringed and 12 Grey Plover in the Bight along with 71 Great Black-backed and 17 Mediterranean Gull, mostly first winters, 10 Sandwich Tern and four Shelduck

Wildlife News: Singles of Small Copper, Speckled Wood and Red Admiral were on the wing, with at least three Migrant Hawker.

Saturday, 16 October 2021

Saturday 16th October

If there was any overhead migration once the fog eventually lifted it was not reported and with just five Chiffchaff, two Blackcap and a Goldcrest it seemed new migrants on site were also absent. However a showy Wryneck between the Golf Course and the Main Pond proved otherwise. The third record this year, and like the others it soon proved elusive. 

Wryneck - doctorv64jr

A look at the estuary on the afternoon tide saw a good count of 1803 Wigeon with a female Pintail and the presumed Wigeon/Pintail hybrid both picked out from the flocks, at least 52 Cattle Egret roosting, split between the Saltmarsh and Wreck, a Kingfisher, and amongst the continuing flocks of feeding gulls, four Sandwich Tern and at least 46 Mediterranean Gull (36 ad, six first winter and four second winter), an exceptional count for this late in the year.

Wildlife News: A fresh Meadow Brown was the highlight wit a few Red Admiral and Speckled Wood still on the wing, along with double figures of both Common Darter and Migrant Hawker.

Common Darter

Friday, 15 October 2021

Friday 15th October

Movement overhead was largely limited to Jackdaw with c400 heading W, along with five Stock Dove amongst a light Woodpigeon passage, five Siskin, three Swallow, a single Bullfinch dropped into Dead Dolphin Wood and two Redwing flew high south but turned around and flew back inland when they saw the English Channel in front of them.

Elsewhere 508 Teal and 188 Dark-bellied Brent Goose were in the estuary but a Wigeon count wasn't possible as they were spooked by distance shotgun fire from a Pheasant shoot and flew out to sea. Also offshore 19 Common Scoter, five Sandwich Tern and hundreds of Herring and Black-headed Gull in a noisy feeding frenzy close off Exmouth beach, probably feeding on whitebait. Many of these moved into the estuary at high tide and attracted the attention of three Arctic Skua

Thursday, 14 October 2021

Thursday 14th October

A quick afternoon visit saw at least 20 Cattle Egret on the Wreck, large numbers of Wigeon, Teal, Curlew and Redshank in the estuary with counts of 57 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 11 Greenshank and 10 Mediterranean Gull. Elsewhere two more Jay flew west.

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Wednesday 13th October

The Yellow-browed Warbler remained in Dead Dolphin Wood with seven Chiffchaff and two Blackcap still on site. New migrants were only overhead with counts of 856 Jackdaw, 217 Woodpigeon, 120 Goldfinch, 52 Meadow Pipit , 31 Pied Wagtail, 23 Skylark, 11 Siskin, 10 Rook, eight Chaffinch, five Lesser Redpoll, three Swallow and a Golden Plover.

Kestrel - Alan Keatley

Records from the estuary included a Little Gull and 48 Cattle Egret, with counts of 575 Wigeon, 450 Teal, 430 Black-headed and 12 Mediterranean Gull, 309 Redshank, 271 Curlew, 61 Bar-tailed Godwit, 22 Ringed Plover, 10 Greenshank, seven Shelduck and two Knot.

Cattle Egret on the Wreck - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: Good numbers of Ivy Bee remain on the wing along with a single Furry-claspered Furrow Bee Lasioglossum lativentre.

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Tuesday 12th October

Records from the estuary included 52 Cattle Egret and the return of the Spotted Redshank, with counts including 632 Wigeon, 472 Teal, 293 Redshank, 73 Bar and Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Turnstone, 31 Sandwich Tern, seven Greenshank, four Pale- bellied Brent Geese and two Knot.

Elsewhere the Yellow-browed Warbler remained in Dead Dolphin Wood with 10 Chiffchaff and six Stonechat on site. 

Monday, 11 October 2021

Monday 11th October

The Yellow-browed Warbler remained in Dead Dolphin Wood and four Egyptian Geese flew in off the sea but no other news was received. 


 


Sunday, 10 October 2021

Sunday 10th October

Another excellent day on site with the Yellow-browed Warbler still present in Dead Dolphin Wood, the Cattle Egret count increasing to a site and Devon record 57 and new arrivals including a Great White Egret that flew east over Warren Point and continued over Exmouth and the first Dartford Warbler since 2016 also on Warren Point.

Selected WeBS counts included 855 Wigeon, 426 Teal, 355 Redshank, 44 Mute Swan, 11 Sandwich Tern, eight Greenshank, six Snipe, two Great-crested Grebe and a Kingfisher. A second Kingfisher was at Langstone Rock where a Purple Sandpiper flew past with a small group of Turnstone

Wildlife News: The calm conditions and low spring tide were ideal for a spot of rockpooling at Langstone Rock, with species to be found including Snakelocks, Strawberry and Beadlet Anemone, Brown Shrimp, Montagu's Furrowed Crab, a dead Spider Crab, several Common Blenny, the sponges Hymeniacidon perlevis and Halichondria panicea and the marine midge Clunio marinus. This species emerges on low tides and only survives as an adult between the tide cycles.

Saturday, 9 October 2021

Saturday 9th October

Two stand out highlights found at opposite ends of the day, a Turtle Dove that flew west over Warren Point towards Exmouth at 9.30 and a vocal Yellow-browed Warbler in Dead Dolphin Wood at 16.30. There have been twice as many of the latter on site (16) than Turtle Dove (8) in the last 10 years.

Migrants during an afternoon visit included a late Whinchat, two Wheatear and at least 12 Stonechat with a Jay by the Main Pond presumably the temporary resident rather than one of yesterday migrants. In the estuary 10 Cattle Egret were on The Wreck mid afternoon, presumably having moved from fields north of Cockwood where over 50 have been present.  Wildfowl counts at low tide of 480 Teal, 100 Wigeon and 56 Dark-bellied Brent Goose. Elsewhere 11 Common Scoter and at least four Sandwich Tern were offshore.

Wildlife News: Over 40 Rusty-dot Pearl flushed from grassland areas during the afternoon was further evidence of migration. New species discovered today included Twin-spot Centurion Sargus bipunctatus and the uncommon barkfly Amphigerontia bifasciataHarlequin Ladybird have emerged in recent days with many searching out aphids on the Sycamores, whilst two Rosemary Beetle and several larvae were found. 

Friday, 8 October 2021

Friday 8th October

Once again it was a familiar species that was the highlight was a site record 62 Jay recorded over the Recording Area, with another 90 passing off site. The previous site record was 47 on 21 Oct 1983. The main movement was N/NE north with a few SW , all in loose flocks, largest 29 and 27 both NE and then over estuary, all other flocks between 2 and 15. The first was at 9:30 with most between 10:00 and 10: 30, total movement 152. 

Other movement was limited with 28 Meadow Pipit, 17 Pied and three Grey Wagtail, five Swallow, five Rook and two Jackdaw, mostly NE. Grounded migrants included 30 Meadow Pipit, 14 Chiffchaff , four Blackcap, a Goldcrest and a Wheatear with 164 Goldfinch, 60 Linnet, 17 Greenfinch, 14 Long-tailed, 12 Blue and eight Great Tit also on site.

Attention in the estuary was focussed on a successful cannon-netting session with the Devon and Cornwall Wader Ringing Group, with c40 Oystercatcher, 20 Dunlin and four Grey Plover colour-ringed, please look out for them on the estuary.

Oystercatcher - This bird got a set of new rings today, replacing those first added at the Warren in Sep 1989!
 
Counts made included 56 Ringed Plover, 54 Bar-tailed Godwit, including a Norwegian ringed bird, 45 Mute Swan, 38 Sandwich Tern, 19 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 12 Mediterranean Gull, 10 Sanderling, three Pintail and a Whimbrel.

Wildlife News: The recent rain has brought out good numbers of fungi including the first Parasol Mushroom of the year along with Honey Fungus, various puffballs and Dune Conecap Conocybe dunensis. The cloudy conditions kept insects at a premium but a few Red Admiral and Ivy Bee were on the wing along with a single Meadow Eupeodes Eupeodes latifasciatus

Thursday, 7 October 2021

Thursday 7th October

The day's highlight was expected, considering the numbers elsewhere, as 21 Jay, including a flock of 19 at 10.05, flew high west. This is the highest count since the 1983 influx, with only one double-fig count in the interim, 12 on 02/05/2013. Other migrants overhead included 30 Meadow Pipit, 13 Swallow, 11 House Martin, five Rook and two Jackdaw. On site there were seven Chiffchaff and two Blackcap with 80 Goldfinch and 40 Linnet.

There were few counts from the estuary but 20 Grey Plover, 14 Sandwich Tern, 10 Sanderling, three Mediterranean Gull and a Black-tailed Godwit were present.

Wildlife News: Although the Ivy is now out on flower there were very few Ivy Bee on the wing, hopefully they haven't emerged too much out of sync with their main nectar source. 

Ivy Bee - Alan Keatley

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Wednesday 6th October

Counts in the estuary on the dropping tide included 55 Dark and two Pale-bellied Brent Geese30+ Bar-tailed Godwit, 13 Grey Plover and nine Sanderling. Elsewhere on site two Wheatear, 120+ Linnet, 30 Meadow Pipit and 18 Skylark.

Tuesday, 5 October 2021

Tuesday 5th October

The highlight on an otherwise typical October day was a pulse of 450+ House Martin heading south in just a 15 minute spell mid morning, a single Wheatear was the only other migrant reported.

Counts from the estuary included 860 Wigeon, 260 Curlew, 107 Dunlin, 35 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 27 Great Black-backed Gull, 24 Mute Swan and a Great-crested Grebe.

Sunday, 3 October 2021

Sunday 3rd October

The Spotted Redshank returned to the estuary corner on the morning tide with counts including 775 Wigeon, 394 Teal, 348 Redshank, 143 Dunlin, 41 Ringed Plover, 35 Bar and eight Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Turnstone, 12 Greenshank, eight Grey Plover, eight Mediterranean Gull, seven Knot, five Dark-bellied Brent Geese, four Sandwich Tern, two Great-crested Grebe and a Whimbrel. A Bar-headed Goose was today's exotic with the Canada Geese.

Migrants on site included 14 Chiffchaff, eight Blackcap, two Goldcrest, a Wheatear and a Jay, whilst overhead there were 117 Meadow Pipit, 52 Swallow, a Grey Wagtail and the first Golden Plover of the autumn.

Wildlife News: The second Rosemary Beetle for the Recording Area was on planted Rosemary near the Crazy Golf. At least 25 Marsh Helleborine are still in flower but the Autumn Ladys-tresses are now mostly over. The majority of the Ivy is still not in flower so Ivy Bee remain scarce/difficult to find but a late Hornet Hoverfly Volucella zonaria was amongst the regular late fly species. 

Rosemary Beetle

Saturday, 2 October 2021

Saturday 2nd October

Seawatching was busy first thing but numbers dropped after 9,30 however a seven hour watch tallied a site record 1439 Kittiwake south (1127 in the first hour), the first Sooty Shearwater of the year, a Grey Phalarope, five Balearic and a Manx Shearwater, 1250 Black-headed Gull, 170 Gannet, 31 Sandwich Tern, 30 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Arctic and a Pomarine Skua, 18 Guillemot, 18 Common Gull, 14 Lesser Black-Backed Gull, nine Common Scoter, three Razorbill, two Grey Plover and single Great Northern and Red-throated Diver.

Counts from the estuary included 978 Wigeon, 273 Redshank, 200 Teal, 168 Dunlin, 97 Great Black-backed Gull, 52 Turnstone, 49 Mute Swan, 46 Ringed Plover, 19 Sandwich Tern, 19 Dark-bellied and a Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 14 Bar and two Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Greenshank, 10 Mediterranean Gull, three Knot, two Kingfisher, the Snow Goose with 206 Canada Goose, a Whimbrel and a Great-crested Grebe.

Elsewhere at least eight Chiffchaff, two Blackcap, a Reed Warbler and a Wheatear were on the Golf Course and overhead 28 Swallow, 42 House and three Sand Martin.

Wildlife News: A couple of two foot high Sunflower were discovered on Finger Point.

Friday, 1 October 2021

Friday 1st October

A break in the weather revealed a fall of migrants, but variety was limited, a good count of 28 Chiffchaff, four Blackcap and a Goldcrest on site. The latter was in roaming flock of 12 Long-tailed Tit and 18 Chiffchaff

Counts from the estuary included 303 Curlew, 72 Brent Goose, 58 Turnstone, 57 Great Black-backed Gull, seven Greenshank, two Great-crested Grebe, two Grey Plover, two Mediterranean Gull and single Sandwich Tern, Whimbrel and Kingfisher.

Wildlife News: With the seasons changing fewer insects were on the wing despite the weather. The majority of the remaining hoverflies were Common Dronefly Eristalis tenax, with just a few Stripe-faced Dronefly Eristalis nemorum, Long Hoverfly Sphaerophoria scripta and Tiger Hoverfly Helophilus pendulus, a couple of Thick-legged Hoverfly Syritta pipiens and Humming Syrphus Syrphus ribesii. However the highlight were the first Meadow Field Syrph Eupeodes latifasciatus of the year with two on the Ivy, probably migrants given the late date.

Eupeodes latifasciatus - Alan Keatley

No obvious butterfly migration with a Comma and several Red Admiral content to nectar on Ivy instead of moving through.

The few umbellifers still in flower also hosted a few insects including a late digger wasp Ectemnius continuus.

Ectemnius continuus - Alan Keatley

Thursday, 30 September 2021

Thursday 30th September

Seawatching for two hours from 7.30am saw disappointing numbers compared to those further south at Berry Hd but far better than Seaton to the east. Birds were clearly passing further out in Lyme Bay and this is reflected by the number of birds too distant to identify. 

Totals included 15 Balearic Shearwater, with similar numbers of shearwater sp, an Arctic Skua and four skua sp, with hardly any Gannet or Kittiwake passage. A large flock of gulls were feeding off the seawall, mostly Black-headed and Herring Gull, but also four Mediterranean Gull and a Sandwich Tern. Other records included six Common Scoter on the sea, and 12 Swallow and a tight flock of 50 hirundine sp south. 

Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Wednesday 29th September

Counts from the estuary included 320 Curlew, 150 Teal, 51 Mute Swan, 48 Brent Goose and 20 Wigeon. The high tide did not flood the Bight and this combined with the presence of an adult Peregrine meant there were few small waders present. 

Elsewhere a late Whitethroat was along the Back Path with seven Chiffchaff and two Blackcap on site, five Swallow and three Rook overhead and feeding offshore 170 Gannet and four Sandwich Tern

Wildlife News: Amongst the dragonflies were several Common Darter and Migrant Hawker with a single Southern Hawker

Southern Hawker - Alan Keatley

A good selection of butterflies included a welcome sighting of a Wall Brown along the Dune Ridge, a Painted Lady fresh in nectaring on the beach, several Red Admiral passing through and elsewhere Meadow Brown, Speckled Wood, Common Blue, Small Copper and Small White.

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Tuesday 28th September

Seawatching numbers from early morning are not available but a Grey Phalarope was reported, few birds passed as the weather cleared, but afternoon watches as the rain returned included 10 Balearic Shearwater, 396 Kittiwake, 200+ Gannet, 13 Arctic and two Pomarine Skua, 12 Sandwich and two Common Tern, five Common Scoter and a Mediterranean Gull.

Counts from the estuary included 248 Curlew, 236 Dunlin, 150 Teal, 59 Ringed and four Grey Plover, 42 Mute Swan, 40 Bar and a Black-tailed Godwit, 25 Turnstone, 19 Brent Geese, 14 Greenshank and two Sanderling. Migrants were limited in the poor weather with four Chiffchaff, two Blackcap and two Swallow.

Greenshank - Alan Keatley

Sunday, 26 September 2021

Sunday 26th September

An hour seawatch early morning saw 20 Balearic Shearwater fly south along with 126 Gannet, four Guillemot and a Razorbill with eight Common Scoter also offshore.

Counts from the estuary included 496 Wigeon, 233 Dunlin, 83 Ringed and three Grey Plover, 10 Greenshank, nine Sandwich Tern, three Bar-tailed Godwit, two Whimbrel, a Pintail and a juvenile Peregrine.

Peregrine - Alan Keatley

Elsewhere 19 Sanderling were on the beach, with 56 Meadow Pipit, 18 Swallow and a Grey Wagtail overhead and a Coal Tit in the bushes. 

Saturday, 25 September 2021

Saturday 25th September

The second Wryneck of the year was on Warren Point briefly but couldn't be refound, a mobile Jay was also the second for the year. Other migrants included a late Hobby, 10 Chiffchaff, three Blackcap and on the Main Pond, a Grey Wagtail. Also on site a calling Tawny Owl at both ends of the day, 150 Goldfinch and 100 Linnet.

Counts from the estuary included 1750 Oystercatcher, 233 Curlew, 203 Dunlin, 143 Teal, 73 Ringed and two Grey Plover, 53 Bar-tailed Godwit, 40 Wigeon, 15 Turnstone, 13 Knot, eight Greenshank, five Sandwich Tern, two Mediterranean Gull, two Whimbrel and a Brent Goose. Elsewhere 14 Balearic Shearwater south in just 20 minutes and 17 Sanderling on the beach.

Wildlife News: Two Starry Smoothhound Mustelus asterias were in the estuary shallows as the tide receded. The first Ivy Bee Colletes hederae were on the first flowering Ivy.

Starry Smoothhound - Alan Keatley

Ivy Bee - Alan Keatley

Friday, 24 September 2021

Friday 24th September

Counts from the estuary included 250 Dunlin, 70 Ringed and four Grey Plover, 43 Mute Swan, 40 Bar and a Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Knot, eight Greenshank, four Sandwich Tern, three Brent Geese and two Whimbrel.

Elsewhere 16 Sanderling were on the beach, including the Norwegian ringed bird, and passerine migrants were limited to seven Chiffchaff, five Blackcap and two Wheatear.

Wildlife News: A single Yellow-barred Peat Hoverfly Sericomyia silentis was around the Crocus Compound, the third site record, and a Clouded Yellow was on Warren Point. 

Yellow-barred Peat Hoverfly - Alan Keatley

Several Garden Petunia Petunia x hybrida were flowering near the Go-Karts, a presumed further escape from planting adjacent to the SAC. 

Garden Petunia - Alan Keatley

Thursday, 23 September 2021

Thursday 23rd September

There was no sign of the Dotterel today and, aside from a Wheatear, no other news was received. 

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Wednesday 22nd September

Dawlish Warren Rare Birds day by day shows the 22nd September as one of the quietest days in autumn. Once again there were no notable arrivals, however the continuing presence of the Dotterel and five Spoonbill meant there was no lack of quality this year. Both were seen over the foggy morning tide with the adult Spoonbill present in the evening but no news on the Dotterel. 

Other records received today included 58 Wigeon, 55 Dark-bellied Brent Geese (with a further 163 off site on Cockle Sands), 37 Mute Swan, 11 Mediterranean Gull and seven Greenshank.

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Tuesday 21st September

Five Spoonbill, considered to be an adult and four immatures (1st & 2nd yrs), flew south late morning before dropping to feed in Shutterton Creek. They were flushed mid afternoon and flew to Exmouth before returning at high tide to roost on Finger Point. 

Also in the estuary the Dotterel was still present along with 53 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 33 Sanderling, four Pintail, two Common Tern and a Shoveler.

Dotterel - Lee Collins

Wildlife News: A Myotis bat species, probably Whiskered, was flying around the Golf Couse this evening, the first record for several years.

Monday, 20 September 2021

Monday 20th September

The Dotterel remained for it's third day, returning to roost in the Bight over both high tides alongside 234 Dunlin, 27 Black and 11 Bar-tailed Godwit, nine Knot, eight Greenshank, three Grey Plover and a Whimbrel

Dotterel - Lee Collins

Also in the estuary 78 Teal, 19 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 16 Shelduck, nine Sandwich and a Common Tern. Elsewhere 28 Sanderling were along the beach, c165 Linnet were feeding around the Bight and migrants included 10 Wheatear, seven Chiffchaff and a Willow Warbler. A good count of 11 Stonechat also included some new arrivals.

Wildlife News: The year's first Clouded Yellow was in Greenland Lake and good numbers of Migrant Hawker were on the wing.

Migrant Hawker - Lee Collins

Sunday, 19 September 2021

Sunday 19th September

The Dotterel was still present, almost as unexpected as its arrival on site. It adopted tidal movements like the majority of other waders, roosting around the shoreline of the Bight at high tide and feeding on the mudflats at low tide. Also in the estuary the Curlew Sandpiper, 158 Wigeon, 134 Teal, 51 Bar-tailed Godwit, mostly juveniles, 11 Knot, 10 Dark-bellied Brent Geese and two Whimbrel.

Dotterel - Alan Keatley 

Dotterel - Lee Collins

Elsewhere a Spotted Flycatcher was by the Main Pond, 28 Sanderling were on the beach and 54 Goldfinch and at least five Wheatear were onsite, including a couple of presumed Greenland birds.


Wildlife News: An unexpected highlight was a Grey Squirrel on the Golf Course. Less than annual, this species has a strong autumn occurrence pattern as young seek out their own territories. 

Grey Squirrel - Lee Collins

Saturday, 18 September 2021

Saturday 18th September

The highlight, and probably bird of the year, was a juvenile Dotterel in the Bight over the evening tide. The last Warren record was seen briefly in Sep 1961 and before that one was seen in Jun 1867 with three other undated Victorian records. It was found on the mudflats with Ringed Plover and Dunlin before roosting with them around the shore of the Bight. 

Dotterel - Lee Collins

Also in the estuary the first five Dark-bellied Brent Geese of the winter and a Curlew Sandpiper with minimum counts of 348 Dunlin and 112 Ringed Plover, others left throughout the morning, 344 Redshank, 134 Teal, including one with distinctive white primaries, 22 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Greenshank, seven Knot, seven Sandwich and a Common Tern, four Grey Plover, seven Wigeon, three Mediterranean Gull and a Pintail.

Elsewhere 25 Sanderling were on the beach, 11 Common Scoter were offshore, a Kingfisher was on the Main Pond and 100+ Linnet and at least three Wheatear on site.

Friday, 17 September 2021

Friday 17th September

Two Yellow Wagtail overhead were the pick of the few migrants with five Chiffchaff, two Blackcap and a Willow Warbler. Also onsite 110 Linnet and 80 Goldfinch.

There were no reports from the high tide but 12 Sanderling were on the beach with 55 Great Black-backed Gull, 10 Turnstone and two Sandwich Tern in the estuary.

Wildlife News: Not much change on the insect front  with a couple of Comma the pick of the butterflies, and several Migrant Hawker in and around the edges of the meadows.

Comma - Alan Keatley

Migrant Hawker - Alan Keatley

Phytocoris varipes - Alan Keatley

Thursday, 16 September 2021

Thursday 16th September

The Spotted Redshank was again in the estuary on an evening visit on the dropping tide, with 331 Redshank, 74 Teal, 11 Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Knot, six Greenshank, just five Sandwich Tern, three Whimbrel and two Wigeon. Also on site at least two Wheatear and over 100 Linnet.

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Wednesday 15th September

Two Spotted Flycatcher on Warren Point were making the most of the supply of insects around the Sycamores, constantly feeding for at least two hours. Other migrants included 13 Chiffchaff, nine Willow Warbler, five Blackcap and single Wheatear, Whitethroat and Reed Warbler


Spotted Flycatcher - both Alan Keatley

Counts from the estuary included 403
Curlew, 256 Dunlin, 49 Ringed Plover, 37 Great Black-backed Gull, 35 Sanderling, 12 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Sandwich Tern, three Mediterranean Gull, two Knot and a Snipe.

Wildlife News: The Japanese Knotweed by the crazy golf, continues to provide an unexpectedly valuable nectar source. Today several individuals of three species of solitary bee present; Common Yellow-faced Bee Hylaeus communis, Green Lasioglossum morio and Common Furrow Bee Lasioglossum calceatum (both black and red forms). 


Common Furrow Bee - both Alan Keatley

Apart from the bees, drone flies and Helophilus hoverflies are still present in large numbers but other species are now fewer in numbers such as Marmalade Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus, Batman Hoverfly Myathropa florea, Hornet Hoverfly Volucella zonaria, White-footed Hoverfly Platycheirus albimanus and Migrant Hoverfly Eupeodes corollae.

Tuesday, 14 September 2021

Tuesday 14th September

Records today included a Wheatear and 300+ mixed Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Sanderling in the Bight, with 40+ Mute Swan and just five Sandwich Tern in the estuary. Elsewhere a Kingfisher showed well on the Main Pond.

Wheatear - Dean Hall

Sunday, 12 September 2021

Sunday 12th September

WeBS count tallies included 1100 Oystercatcher, 290 Curlew, 290 Redshank, 276 Dunlin, 149 Ringed Plover, 38 Sanderling, 32 Mute Swan, 25 Common and 16 Sandwich Tern, 16 Knot, 12 Bar and single Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Greenshank, eight Mediterranean Gull, three Whimbrel and a Snipe. The Spotted Redshank was also present before the count hour. 

Elsewhere nine Swallow and eight House Martin were present pre-roost and migrants included 13 Blackcap, eight Wheatear, single Whinchat, Garden WarblerWhitethroat and the autumn's first Goldcrest. Overhead 18 Meadow Pipit and seven Grey Wagtail, with a Great Northern Diver offshore.

Wildlife News: A Vestal was flushed on Warren Point. 

Saturday, 11 September 2021

Saturday 11th September

The Spotted Redshank was still in the estuary with the second winter Little Gull, a Curlew Sandpiper, 125 Common, 60 Sandwich and four Little Tern. Other counts included 252 Dunlin, 194 Ringed and four Grey Plover, 17 Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Knot and 10 Greenshank

Spotted Redshank with Greenshank - Lee Collins

Offshore four Balearic Shearwater and a Red-throated Diver. The Wryneck made a couple of appearances mid afternoon along the Back Path above Greenland Lake but was generally very elusive. Other migrants included 11 Wheatear, including a couple of Greenland, and a Reed Warbler, with a Tree Pipit, five Grey Wagtail and 62 House Martin overhead.

Wildlife News: A Beautiful Demoiselle was in Dead Dolphin Wood, only the second record since 2010. Elsewhere a Water Vole showed well on the Main Pond, at least a dozen Common Lizard including several juveniles were noted and a Red Underwing was found at roost. Late news however concerns an underwing of a different colour with the site's first Clifden Nonpareil caught during the week, the 705th moth species for the Recording Area.

Red Underwing - Alan Keatley

Friday, 10 September 2021

Friday 10th September

The elusive Wryneck reappeared briefly behind the hide, there remains no general access to this area. Other migrants included over 130 Linnet, 17 Wheatear, two Whitethroat and a Sedge Warbler with 22 Swallow and two Swift overhead.

Wryneck - Luke Harman

The two Spoonbill (adult and juvenile) that have been on the Exe since the 19th August flew north up river before returning to Bowling Green. In the estuary the Spotted Redshank remained with counts of 406 Curlew, 300 Dunlin, 93 Ringed Plover, 86 Sandwich, four Little, an Arctic and a Black Tern, 51 Sanderling, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, seven Greenshank, seven Knot, three Mediterranean and the second winter Little Gull.

Spoonbill - Luke Harman

Offshore 286 Common Tern flew south in just 20 minutes early morning with over 500 Common Tern still on site, and these flocks attracted two Arctic Skua.

Sanderling - Dave Jewell

Wildlife News: Two Vestal were flushed from the Golf Course. 

Vestal - Luke Harman