Saturday, 22 January 2011
Star prize today goes to the Firecrest in trees around Blaxton Meadow, my first one here.
On the river were eleven R.B.Mergs, two female Goldeneye and a Commmon Sandpiper.
The two Coot are still here.
Not much on the Tamar today, one hundred and fifty Wigeon and around one hundred Avocet in flight. Otherwise just a scattering of Teal and Black tailed Godwits and four Snipe.
43 Tufted Duck, 69 Shoveler, 8 Greylags on lagoon; 5+ White-fronted Geese behind lagoon. 5 Scaup off Turf (male, 4 female).
Dart's Farm fields/ Clyst marshes:
about 600 Brent Geese, with 2 Red-breasted (1 unringed, 1 perhaps ringed).
Topsham Recreation ground - 2 p.m.-5.30 p.m.:
1 adult Med Gull, ringtail Hen Harrier
A pleasant walk at
Masses of wildfolwl on the lake, including:-
14 Goosanders (4 females)
2 female Pintail
36 Tufted Duck
6 Grey Herons
1 Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming for at least 10 minutes intermitently
Small numbers of Redwings in the surrounding fields.
Friday, 21 January 2011
Only walked round Warren Point to Yarmer Beach-- 09.25 - 12.15- 35 Wigeon on the sea with 5 Shelduck , 2 Slavonian Grebe , 3 Great C Grebe, 2 Red T Diver 5 Guillemot & 25 Razorbill. 9 Shoveler came in off the sea to join 7 already on Thurlestone Marsh.
5 Curlew flew west ( largest no. for a few years.) On the rocks ? beach 3 Purple Sandpiper (1st of the year) 9 Ringed Plover , 1 Dunlin , 4 Turnstone.
Lunch time - 7 Reed Bunting ct & ringed outside my garden, Water Pipit & Cettis Warbler , Grey Wagtail , 6 lapwing over.
14.30 Whitley X farm ( nr Thurlestone ) 70 Lapwing & 25 Golden Plover
Thursday, 20 January 2011
5 Gadwall still on pond at Bradiford Reserve.
4 Bar-tailed Godwit.
3 Little Grebe.
1 female Goldeneye
1 female Smew. This was probably the bird that I mistakenly thought was a Slavonian Grebe yesterday.
Wednesday, 19 January 2011
One Purple Sandpiper was on Chit Rocks in Sidmouth. A proper scan would probably have yielded more.
The male Black Redstart was still on the new buildings above Shelly Beach in Exmouth. The Long-tailed Duck could also be seen distantly on the other side of the estuary from here. Three Goldeneye and a Slavonian Grebe also viewable off Shelley Beach.
Other sightings - 8 Gadwall,125 Teal.75 Wigeon 1 f Tufted Duck, 60 Lapwing, 20 Snipe.
In the Bay this am - 1 G N Diver, 1G C Grebe, 1 Shelduck,35 Gannet & 1000+ Auks many on the sea constantly diving.
ON Thurlestone Marsh this am-2 Water Rail, 1 Water Pipit, 1f Cettis Warbler 35 Snipe
C120 Brent Geese on Penhill Marsh, until they moved downstream nearer to Penhill Point due to wildfowler setting up hide on the marsh.
2 Pintail off Penhill Marsh.
Peregrine on sandbar opp Ashfors sewage works.
3 Little Grebe.
4 Gadwall still on Bradiford Reserve pond.
1 female Goosander on shoreline of saltmarsh off Pottington.
An unidentified Grebe diving and feeding off the same saltmarsh, between Pottington sewage outfall and where the road from the estate joins the Tarka Trail. Even with 30x scope it was too far away to i/d but jizz, size and markings made me think of Slavonian.
Tuesday, 18 January 2011
The bird seed crops at Powderham Marshes only held c100 Linnets, a few dozen Chaffinches and c30 Skylarks, plus the odd Yellowhammer and Reed Bunting and a pair of Peregrines on one of the pylons. A male Stonechat was my first of the year.
Between Powderham and Cockwood: 1 Slavonian, 2 Great Crested and 5 Little Grebes (plus another in P. Park), c20 Shags, 4 Little Egrets (in field with cattle), 2 Herons at a nest in P. Park, 16 Goldeneye (including 11 towards Exmouth), 8 Avocets, 2 Greenshank, c80 Turnstones, 2 Rock Pipits, good numbers of Common Gulls (>100).
Finished the day with a scan from the bridge at Langstone (13 Eiders, few Common Scoters etc, but light had gone), where a Green Woodpeecker called and 2 Goldcrests came to roost in an evergreen bush. At 5.30pm, 1 Woodcock leaving the edge of Haldon heading for Chudleigh.
Over 350 Razormotts in 2.5 hrs mostly moving east, those on the sea that could be id'd were Razorbill.
3 Red T Diver on the sea plus 2 Great N Diver flew east , there was also 2 Diver species flying west too far out to positively id.
60 Wigeon on the sea later flew onto South Huish marsh, 90 Lapwing & 1 Dunlin on the Marsh.
First Shelduck of the year on the sea.
Movement of Mute Swan with10 either on the marshes or flying thru., until today only 2 on the marsh
Monday, 17 January 2011
Despite a fair amount of searching, the bittern has remained pretty elusive in recent days, until tonight when it showed well from the main footpath 2 fields N of White Bridge. A drake Red-breasted Merganser has also been on the river N of White Bridge in recent days.
Other notables include eleven Reed Buntings, two Goldcrest, nine Fieldfares, a hundred and forty five Redwings, five Bullfinches, two Stock Doves, two Marsh Tits, four Nuthatches and eleven Siskins.
Ray Jones had a female Gadwall out towards Burlescombe which is another good canal bird.
Sunday, 16 January 2011
Had to end the seawatch to do the WeBS count which produced 63 Oystercatchers, 2 Curlews, 4 Redshank, Grey Plover, Knot, 9 Turnstones and 2 Purple Sandpipers. The Water Pipit is still in Horseley Cove.
(No time to check the Village area, but last friday (14th), still 400 Lapwings, 120 Golden Plover, 100 Fieldfare and 120 Redwing),
Bird of the day was asingle Pink -footed Goose feeding with Canadas at the back of South Huish Marsh - both a site & Devon tick.
On Thurlestone Marsh this am - 50 Wigeon , 70 Teal, 4 Shoveler & 1 Cettis Warbler.
Yesterday in the village af Blackcap.
34 Red-throated divers, 16 Fulmars, 9 Brents, 6 Gannets, 24 auk sp, 25 Kittiwakes - all W
At least 35 Common Scoter and 8 Velvets still in the bay. These were the flock sizes that got up and had a fly-round - there were a few more ducks out there, but too distant and rough to be sure of ID.
Male Black Redstart at Seaton Hole still, plus 7 adult Meds and 4 intermedius type Lesser Black-backs (out of a dozen or so LBBG) on the estuary up to dusk.
7 Gadwall.(4 males, 3 female.)
1 Little Egret.
R.Taw off Pottington.
132 Dark-bellied Brent off Penhill.
4 Bar-tailed Godwit.
Great Northern Diver, 4 Red-throated Divers, Fulmar, 7 Eider, 20 Common Scoters, 2 Velvet Scoters and c.500 auk sp. All heading south-west apart from the Eider which were sat on the sea.