Ceremonial unveiling of the new plaque about South Milton Ley this morning- great effort by Nick Townsend to oversea this project and a special mention of the work Jim Bennett did to ensure its success also to Vic Tucker / Bob Burridge for their inspiration over the last 30 years to produce a site that offers so much to the birds we are now watching and ringing.
Only a report of the ringing team today - what a day total for the site a most suitable dedication to all those years of hard graft and work :-
2 Groppa, 18 Chiffchaff, 81 Willow , 48 Sedge, 15 Reed 4 Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 6 Garden Wblr ( site day record )
Just makes you wonder how many birds are moving through the site- with the no. of nets up these could represent only 50% - what a fantastic site
Ruff (flew down river at 1950hrs), 2 Green Sandpipers, a lone Greenshank, 2 Shovelers, an eclipse drake Wigeon and one of the Fox family was stalking along the far shoreline. 2 juv Mediterranean Gulls flew over. Tide had not risen high enough to produce the usual numbers of waders.
Yesterday 03/08/11, from a fishing boat: Pomarine Skua (adult), 3 Great Skua, 3 Arctic Terns, 8 Common Terns, 80+ Manx Shearwater, 3 European Storm-petrels, 5+ Yellow-legged Gulls (juvs) in with numerous Lesser Black-backs and Herring Gulls and around 100 Fulmars (all double light phase bar one light phase).
Despite going out to sea on this fishing boat on regular basis for a year now, I have still failed to see any large shearwaters...... yet (a part from Sooties)!! But of interest a Cory's Shearwater was just off Portland harbour a few days ago, see the amazing photos at http://www.marine-life.org.uk/
During a brief visit this morning two green sandpipers calling and flying around. Probably looking for water as the only visible water is now the lagoon. On the lagoon the coot flock has increased to 50 birds. Also there 2 little grebes. A few blackcaps and whitethroats on the canal bank (all juvs).
1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose; 6 Med Gulls, incl 2 Polish ringed birds( that`s 3 different ones in 3 days); 4 Whimbrel; 9 Common Tern and 1 Wheatear.
A little bit of research(Devon Bird Report 2009) revealed that the same 2 ringed birds were observed at Instow by Rob Marshall in July 2009. Both carried a red ring with white alpha/numerics on right leg. PAJ7 Ringed 10/05/05 at Radyczyny, Turek, Poland. PAH4 Ringed 06/05/06 at Mietrow, Wroclaw, Poland.
Another day of Warbler movement, with Whitethroats at the fore today. A total of 150 included c100 in and around a pea crop, the majority of which were, as to be expected, juveniles. Other warbler totals were 55 Willows, 20 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcaps and 6 Sedge. 35+ Swifts were with a large gathering of Hirundines, including at least 7 Sand Martins, and there were 4 Wheatears in the area. Waders were limited to a Whimbrel, 4 Ringed Plovers, a Dunlin and 2 Common Sandpipers.
The first autumn picture this year of a Wheatear on a rock (!)
Yesterday afternoon 4 Med gulls south of Turf in the estuary; one juvenile, 3 adults (1sp & 2 wp) and 4 sandwich terns. At the mouth of the estuary 6 gannets, 12 sandwich terns, a few comic terns and a couple of kittiwakes. Half way to Brixham 2 and then a further 7 manx shearwaters (all east) and 21 kittiwakes (all adults).