Friday 14 May 2021

Friday 14th May

The highlight was a fly through Red-rumped Swallow early morning, the fifth site record. This bird was well watched in Dawlish yesterday and up till 15 minutes before this sighting this morning but not after. Another brief highlight was an immature Spoonbill that flew south mid-morning, which would normally have been bird of the day.

Other sightings were more expected with counts from the estuary including 43 Dunlin, 40 Sanderling, 26 Turnstone, 14 Whimbrel, nine Bar-tailed Godwit, eight Ringed and two Grey Plover, seven Knot, three Dark-bellied Brent Geese and the colour-ringed Greenshank

Elsewhere an Arctic Skua, two Great Northern Diver, 30 Manx Shearwater and 14 Sandwich Tern were offshore, three Wheatear and a couple of new Reed Warbler were on site.

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