Tuesday 22 November 2022

Tuesday 22nd November

Counts over the high tide were prevented due to a persistent kayaker who ignored the exclusion zone buoys and managed to illegally flush all the wildfowl and two of the three wader roosts, only Finger Point was spared. The final species to flush were Snipe with at least 90 coming out of the saltmarsh. 

No wildfowl returned to roost but 224 Dark-bellied Brent Geese arrived from Starcross, including the leucistic juvenile. Also roosting six Great Crested Grebe, 170 Black-headed, 48 Common and two adult Mediterranean Gull.

Elsewhere two Water Rail, a Kingfisher and a Little Grebe were at the Main Pond, the bushes were quiet with just three Goldcrest and two Chiffchaff, two Buzzard flew west and 45 Gannet were offshore.

Little Grebe (& Roach) - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: Despite the sunny spells very few insects were on the wing with some Common Wasp, Yellow Dung-fly and a Marmalade Hoverfly the sum total. A Feathered Thorn was by clubhouse security light with the tenth Devon record of the non-native harvestman Opilio canestrinii nearby, the same wall as the fifth record two years ago. 

Opilio canestrinii - Kevin Rylands

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