Sunday, 27 February 2022
Friday, 25 February 2022
The Velvet Scoter remained offshore with some movement south including 196 Kittiwake, 100 auk sp, 25 Common Scoter, 23 Razorbill, 16 Guillemot, 13 Gannet, 12 Common Gull, five Fulmar, three Red-throated Diver and a Great-crested Grebe.
Counts from the estuary included 166 Grey and 21 Ringed Plover, 112 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 104 Knot, a good count of 94 Turnstone, 82 Bar-tailed Godwit, 55 Teal, 25 Sanderling, 25 Shelduck, 23 Redshank,10 Wigeon, four Red-breasted Merganser, a Greenshank, a Peregrine and a Scandinavian Rock Pipit.
Elsewhere 42 Jackdaw and a Rook were overhead, four Shoveler were on the Main Pond, six Cirl Bunting and a Goldcrest were in the bushes and nine Skylark and a Reed Bunting were on Warren Point.
Sunday, 20 February 2022
The Velvet Scoter was still offshore this morning along with five Red-throated and three Great Northern Diver, 102 Kittiwake, 41 Gannet and eight Great-crested Grebe.
Counts from the estuary included 1460 Dunlin, 309 Oystercatcher, 189 Dark-Bellied Brent Geese, 160 Bar-tailed Godwit, 139 Grey Plover, 123 Common Gull, 110 Knot, 36 Shelduck, 27 Teal, 19 Sanderling, eight Red-breasted Merganser and six Wigeon.
Elsewhere two Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff were in the bushes, a Water Rail was at the First Pond with four Shoveler and a Kingfisher at the Main Pond.
Wildlife News: An afternoon of continuing strong winds and rain saw focus shift to ground level with various fungi, bryophytes and lichens recorded. Scarlet Elfcup provided some much needed colour for the day with Nectriopsis lecanodes a more subtle affair. The Recording Area is one of only five sites in England for this species.
Mossy Stonecrop is emerging around the Car Park and Buffer Zone in bare areas with the nationally rare liverworts Micheli's Balloonwort Sphaerocarpos michelii and Blue Crystalwort Riccia crystallina, the latter was also found at a new site on the Golf Course.
Insects were few and far between with a Yellow Dung Fly grimly hanging onto a flowering Alexanders and the nationally scarce Lesne's Earwing a surprise daylight find.
Saturday, 19 February 2022
Very quiet offshore with three Fulmar south the best of little movement, on the sea the Velvet Scoter was still present, with 13 Great-crested Grebe, two Great Northern and a Red-throated Diver.
Counts from the estuary included 815 Dunlin, 208 Dark-bellied and a Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 171 Bar-tailed Godwit, 154 Grey and 25 Ringed Plover, 124 Knot, 83 Common Gull, 41 Shelduck, seven Sanderling and two Greenshank. Off site two Goldeneye (male and female) flew in from Exmouth and landed N of Cockwood Harbour.
Elsewhere three Goldcrest were in the bushes, a murmuration of 1250 Starling at the Main Pond attracted a hunting Sparrowhawk, with four Snipe three Shoveler, three Water Rail and singing Little Grebe also present and two Rook overhead hinted at Spring.
Ringing News: The Grey Plover below (BBLB) was ringed at Exminster Marshes in Feb 2020, so has now been returning to the Exe for at least the last three winters. Ringed as an adult it could however have been returning for the last 20 years.
Thursday, 17 February 2022
Wednesday, 16 February 2022
Sunday, 13 February 2022
WeBS count totals from the estuary included 1400 Dunlin, 1157 Oystercatcher, 364 Dark-bellied and a Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 202 Grey and 29 Ringed Plover, a very good count of 187 Snipe, 148 Bar-tailed Godwit, 136 Knot, 122 Great and six Lesser Black-backed Gull, 100+ Common Gull, 37 Teal, 28 Wigeon, 22 Turnstone, 21 Sanderling and 14 Red-breasted Merganser. Also present single Kingfisher and Peregrine.
Saturday, 12 February 2022
Another dull and windy day saw little change with good numbers of auk heading south offshore with several Fulmar, three Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver.
Elsewhere 80 Common Gull, 46 Shelduck, 28 Wigeon, eight Red-breasted Merganser and a Pintail were in the estuary, two Shoveler, a Snipe and a Kingfisher were at the Main Pond and the bushes held a Sparrowhawk with single Green and Great-spotted Woodpecker.
Wildlife News: A Fox was active on Warren Point early morning.
Thursday, 10 February 2022
The Velvet Scoter remained offshore with the Slavonian and 11 Great-crested Grebe, three Red-throated and two Great Northern Diver, 15 Kittiwake and four Razorbill.
Elsewhere the bushes were quiet although the silence was broken by the occasional 'yaffle' from a Green Woodpecker, four Shoveler were on the Main Pond and a flock of 140 Snipe high over Greenland Lake were no doubt disturbed from the saltmarsh.
Counts from the estuary on a low high tide included 161 Brent Geese, 79 Common Gull, 47 Shelduck, 29 Wigeon and four Red-breasted Merganser.
Wildlife News: At least five Common Dolphin were showing well off the seawall.
Tuesday, 8 February 2022
Monday, 7 February 2022
Sunday, 6 February 2022
There was no sign of the Slavonian Grebe in choppy conditions offshore with the Velvet Scoter sheltering towards the mouth of estuary. Off the seawall 18 Common Scoter and three Red-throated Diver on the sea with 12 Red-throated Diver and 200 auk sp south, Elsewhere 128 Common Gull were in the estuary with three Shoveler and a Kingfisher at the Main Pond.
Saturday, 5 February 2022
Friday, 4 February 2022
Thursday, 3 February 2022
The Velvet Scoter showed well off the seawall, with the Slavonian and 15 Great-crested Grebe, eight Common Scoter and a Great Northern Diver.
Counts from the estuary included 920 Dunlin, 159 Grey and 35 Ringed Plover, 127 Bar-tailed Godwit, 105 Knot, 93 Redshank, 89 Teal, 17 Wigeon, seven Greenshank and two Pale bellied Brent Geese.
Wednesday, 2 February 2022
The Velvet Scoter was still offshore but remained distant, also off the seawall 10 Great-crested Grebe, three Red-throated and two Great Northern Diver. A Grey Wagtail overhead was the first of the year.
Counts from the estuary included 840 Dunlin, 273 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 166 Grey Plover, 144 Teal, 112 Bar-tailed Godwit, 94 Knot, 41 Shelduck and six Greenshank.
Wildlife News: The warm and sunny weather brought out the insects, mainly on the flowering Gorse and Hebe, with several Marmalade Hoverfly (assumed migrants given the southerlies) and a few Common Dronefly Eristalis tenax. There were also plenty of Honey Bee and Buff-tailed Bumblebee collecting pollen. No butterflies unfortunately. Elsewhere a Wood Mouse scampered through the undergrowth in Dead Dolphin Wood.