Saturday 27 November 2021

Saturday 27th November

Very blustery conditions all day with a Purple Sandpiper along the sea wall and a Short-eared Owl seen heading south from Langstone Rock towards Dawlish early morning. Also offshore 83 Gannet, 10 Common Scoter, three Guillemot, a Razorbill and a Red-throated Diver.

Counts from the estuary were hampered by two Peregrine, an ad and a juvenile but included 1081 Oystercatcher,  516 Wigeon, 462 Teal, 340 Dunlin, 258 Dark and a Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 124 Black and five Bar-tailed Godwit, 103 Curlew, 93 Shelduck, 86 Redshank, 29 Ringed Plover, six Sanderling and three Greenshank

Elsewhere three Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest were in the bushes with just three Long-tailed and a Blue Tit, the majority of birds presumably sheltering on the mainland.  

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