Saturday, 23 April 2011
It was seen in Lancashire during the last three months of 2009, before relocating to Cardiff in January 2010. It was then photographed in Gloucestershire in March 2010 before moving down to the Levels where it remained until last month.
Thanks Mark for posting the colour ring combination.
Friday, 22 April 2011
The 1st winter Bonaparte's Gull spent the evening on the Otter from at least 7pm - 8.10pm before it flew out to sea heading west (presumably back to Dawlish?) Also today, 3 Common Scoter on the sea, 15+ Manx Shearwaters (most west), 27 Shelduck on the Otter and the drake Gadwall still.
89 Whimbrel, 2 Bar T Godwit,300+ Manx S'water ( largest flock 100 birds ) 13 Kittiwake, 55 gannet,2 Razorbill, 9 Razormot, 3 Common Scoter. -all fying east
10 Sandwich Tern in the Bay, 1 Diver sp (east).
at 10.30 aSwift flew over the carpark .
AJL had on South Huish marsh 2 Gargeney, 1 f gadwall, 1m Whinchat
Thursday, 21 April 2011
Headland Warren - 2 male Whinchat, 2 Cuckoo, 6+ Wheatear. Birch Tor- 1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling and showing very well. Challacombe Farm- 1 male Redstart, 3 + Redpoll including 1 male. Yarner Wood- 1 Wood Warbler singing and showing very well low down over the path, 3+ male Redstart, Pied Flys. Trendlebere- 1+ Garden Warbler singing and showing well, 2 + Tree Pipit and a pair of Stonechat. Bovey Tracey- 4 + House Martins opposite the fire station. Most unusual sight of the morning was a Curlew on the grass verge just north of Haytor Rock.
Just out of interest the marsh was originally called "Sharper Marsh."
The mail Garganey was on the pond from 1st sighting at 07:20 until 09:10.
1 1/2hrs spent sat on the pillbox roof produced 1 Little Ringed Plover in the drainage ditch that runs btwn the marsh and Chivenor perimeter fence plus several Sedge warblers, Common Whitethroats and Linnets in the overgrown area just inside the fence. The LRP flew out of sight further up the ditch and in the 22Sqdn direction.
On the saltmarsh flats just below the toll house was a Yellow-legged Gull feeding with a single Herring Gull. It was easy to see the difference between them, especially the yellow legs.
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
3 Arctic Skua , 100 Manx S'water, 95 Whimbrel, 26 Sandwich Tern 8 Eider( 17.00 ) 1 1st s Med Gull, 1 Whinchat, 1 Purple sandpiper
Little Ringed Plover still on South Huish marsh.
A Wood Warbler singing at South Milton Ley.
Thurlestone Marsh this eve- 20 sand martin, 30 Teal, 1m Tufted Duck.
Bob B also had a Red Kite over Kingsbridge at lunchtime
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
14 Turnstone ( highest this year ) at high tide roost this morning also 1 Purple Sandpiper ( AJL )
11 Manx S'water east also 3 R T Diver ( at 9.05 ) 23 Whimbrel, 5 Sandwich Tern.
A Little Gull this am ( AJL ) The 2cy Iceland Gull flew thru at 10.25
On South Huish Marsh - 1 L R Plover ( flew off at 18.00 ) a Green Sandpiper & 1m 1f Yellow wagtail
Monday, 18 April 2011
Sunday, 17 April 2011
The Bonaparte's Gull re-appeared briefly this evening between 18.05 and 18.10 before flying high west over Budleigh Salterton (probably just missed out on adding it to the garden list!) Also this evening 3 Teal and 1 Gadwall around the estuary, 14 Whimbrel east and 35+ pale-bellied Brent Geese west.
A very pleasant stroll along the old railway track this morning produced:-
1 female Kestrel; 2 male and 1 female Stonechat; 3 male and 2 female Yellowhammer; 3 male Common Whitethroat and 1 Grasshopper Warbler reeling on Kipling Tors.
A visit to Rosemoor in the afternoon produced a male Pied Flycatcher along the lower woodland walk.