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.

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