Saturday, 10 September 2011
3+ Ruff, 35+ Dunlin, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Greenshank, a Kestrel (male) and finally a Swift that was harrasing a Herring Gull [from Tim Stripp]
And some totals this afternoon...
6 Ruff, 53 Dunlin, 38 Ringed Plover [from Phil Abbott]
5 Storm Petrels, 4 Balearic Shearwaters, 10+ Manx Shearwaters, 1 Great Skua, 1 light ad. and 1 dark ad. Arctic Skua, 8 Razorbill as well as plenty of Gannets all SW. 2 Turnstone and 2 Wheatear on rocks. Garden Warbler, Blackcap, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff and 2 Willow Warbler in lighthouse tamarisks, 1 Yellow Wagtail over. Not a single Kittiwake.
This morning the visibility was not so great but there were still at least 10+ Balearic Shearwaters visible moving W, up to 5 Arctic Skua, 1 Great Skua and a prob Pom Skua. Also a continual stream of 20+ Commic Tern and 20+ Sandwich Tern with the odd Arctic Tern. A juv Long-tailed Skua was seen between my two morning visits by Doug C and Ray H.
However, as per Matt's post, the movement this evening was pretty intense with at least 70+ Balearic Shearwater, less Manx Shearwaters, though shearwaters were visible very distantly out to the S&W (presumably Matt's Manx mentioned below). Also a very large movement of Kittiwake again heading W with large groups sat on the sea . There were at least 300+ birds sitting on the water last thing this evening, but alas no Sabine's Gull. Also 1 Arctic Skua, and a brief Grey Phalarope heading W.
By far the best I've seen it off Orcombe Point and to be honest I was a bit overwhelmed by the large numbers of birds in front of me. My estimates of both manx and balearic shearwater are very rough and if anything quite conservative. Counting was very difficult as hundreds of birds were rafting quite close in, between Orcombe point and Sandy Bay and birds were also continually moving west. For example between 1735 and 1900 53+ balearics went west. Tern estimates are also rough. The phalarope took its time going through at 1735, frequently sitting for short periods on the water, and the sabs (presumed first summer) joined a small kittiwake flock off Sandy Bay at about 1810, and was still present at 1845 at least.
Another seawatch this afternoon (14:20-17:20) added another 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 4 Balearic, 18 Manx, 1 Bonxie, 5 Sandwich Terns, 1 Arctic Tern, 5 Commic Terns, 1 Guillemot, 6 auk sp, 2 Kittiwakes, 4 Fulmars and 113 Gannets.
40+Wigeon, 250+ Mallard and 10 Mute Swans now feeding on the eel grass beds of the Exmouth LNR - autumn's here!
Friday, 9 September 2011
4 Arctic Terns and a Common Tern feeding in the bay (all adults)
Black Hole Marsh + Colyford Common
c60 Dunlin, c30 Ringed Plovers, 7 Bar-tailed Godwits, 4+ Ruff, 1 Curlew Sandpiper, c10 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Green Sandpiper, handful of Yellow Wagtails, plus 9 Sandwich Terns amongst the Black-headed Gulls on BHM
[with thanks to Phil Abbot for some of those totals]
By life boat station on the rocks and on the seaweed 5 mediterranean gulls ( 3 adults, 1 2nd winter and a juv/1st winter) plus 50+ knot
Dawlish warren 12:50 till 13:40
Thanks to Doug for the lift from exmouth it was much appreciated we both had fantastic views of the BUFF BREASTED SANDPIPER showing well in the bight near the hide along with 3 wheatear and plenty of ringed plover and dunlin
Bowling green marsh 14:30 till 17:15
The juv Osprey still showing well on the 'derrick' enjoying a fish it caught earlier the high tide roost was a lot busier today with 480+ curlew, 2+ bar tailed godwit, 4 whimbrel, 2 green sandpiper, 1 common sandpiper, 1 juv ringed plover, 6+ dunlin, 4+ greenshank, 1 sparrowhak, 18+ little egrets, 4+ wigeon, 25+ lapwing , 30+ redshank,125+ black tailed godwit
Another good days birding around the exe and a new devon tick with the Buff-breasted sandpiper
Waders on the beach - 32 Ringed Plover, 2 Sanderling , 1 Redshank ( over ). 1 Guillemot on the sea .
T Marsh - 4 Black T Godwit , 3 Yellow Wagtail.
Best bird of the day a juv f Merlin - first found on the Golf Course later v g views in the field behind the cafe
[from Harvey Kendall]
Around the cattle meadow 2 Willow Warbler, 12 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat & a Treecreeper.
Thursday, 8 September 2011
c120 Dunlin; 29 Bar-tailed Godwit; 1 Black-tailed Godwit; 1 Wheatear and 2 Little Egret. Just 1 Redshank.
Off Ashford Sewage Works:-
8 Little Egret and 3 Bar-tailed Godwit.
From: Whitehead, Tony
Sent: Thu 08/09/2011 10:31 AM
To: _South West RO; _South West Reserves
Subject: Garten osprey in the region
One of the Loch Garten ospreys seems to like Plymouth. And why not - its a fine city
Follow this link
Click on the bird named Tore (mustard yellow box just above the map on the left) then zoom in to Plymouth.
Wednesday, 7 September 2011
Still 1 Little Stint and 1 Curlew Sandpiper on Black Hole Marsh, along with at least 1 Ruff, 3 Ringed Plovers, 4+ Greenshank and a few Dunlin. Also here were 6+ Yellow Wagtails and a White Wagtail.
The sea was pretty lifeless, though perhaps 15 minutes didn't really give it time to excel!
A watch from 07.15 - 08.30 produced 9 Balearic Shearwaters, including 4 birds feeding just off-shore by Otter Head with 60+ Gannet for the entire duration. Then a superb adult Pom Skua came in very close to investigate the feeding activity. Also 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Tern, 1 Arctic Tern and a 1st w Med. Gull.
On the estuary there were 5 Black-tailed Godwit and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit.
A brief look on the sea this evening produced 2 more Balearic Shearwaters and 2 Common Tern heading W.
173 Manx Shearwaters
2 Ballearic Shearwaters
1 Sooty Shearwater
100+ Gannet (inc lots of juv)
5 juv Great Skua
1 Arctic Skua (pale phase)
6 Commic Tern
Upper Tamar Lake at 12.30
2 Black Terns (feeding amongst 100`s hirundines)
Lower Tamar Lake
several pairs of Great Crested Grebes feeding young
Tuesday, 6 September 2011
Note for Mark Darlaston: Be the envy of your seawatching chums with one of these. Can be had in black...and a bit cheaper ;o)
With thanks to all for the enjoyable company I'll close with a couple of naff shots of our record-breakers:
Seawatch 07:00-19:00, wind SW8 with heavy rain, backing SSW7 before veering W7: 3 Great Shearwaters (first, v.close 09:26, 2nd distant 15:10, 3rd mid-range 15:26), 18 Sooty Shearwaters, 238 Balearic Shearwaters (most in the last 4 hours), 930 Manx Shearwaters, 105 European Storm-petrels, Puffin, 2 Guillemot, 11 Razorbills, 4 Common Scoter, 3 Arctic Skuas, 1 Bonxie, Sandwich Tern, 4 Common Tern.
Whoooops must be Start Point!!
PS This was a bit further out a few days ago.
Orcombe Point - wind much more westerly this pm but c20+ kittiwake, 17 storm petrel, 17 balearic shearwater west (+ many more lingering in Dawlish Bay), 2 bonxie, 2 common scoter, 2 turnstone and a black-throated diver (possibly this morning's bird) on the sea off the lifeboat station. Also a superb first-winter yellow-legged gull by the lifeboat station (above photos). Additionally several arctic skuas lingering in the bay - impossible to know exactly how many!
Waders on the beaches - 10 Ringed Plover, 4 Sanderling, 2 Turnstone, also 1 Wheatear
All I noted in three hours this morning and early afternoon were: 4 Balearic Shearwater, 35+ Manxies (Ian M had a Sooty too), 2 Arctic Terns and 4 'commic' Terns.
Up the valley a juv Little Gull on Colyford Scrape at 14:30 was the best. On Black Hole Marsh early afternoon there was a 'new' Curlew Sand (pic below), with singles of Little Stint and Knot, 3 Ruff, 4 Greenshank, 12 Ringed Plover and 19 Dunlin.
Monday, 5 September 2011
Saturday 3/9; Best bird of the day was a juvenile Marsh Harrier that flew west at 19.00; Otherwise fairly quiet on the land with totals of 3 Wheatears, Whinchat, 43 Stonechats, Grey Wagtail, 4 White Wagtails, 4 Spotted Flycatchers, Garden Warbler, 28 Blackcaps, 25 Whitethroats, 44 Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler. Waders were restricted to 4 Ringed Plovers and a Common Sandpiper.
Sunday 4/9; What a difference a day makes! Overnight rain dropped many common migrants in, as well as the 3 previously mentioned Wrynecks. Wheatears were the most abundant, with at least 200 in the area, including 90+ in one stubble field. The other two species to feature most prominently were Willow Wablers with c50, and Spotted Flycatcher with 18. A count of 5 Grasshopper Warblers was notable, and other warbler totals were 2 Sedge, 26 Blackcaps, 42 Whitethroats and 23 Chiffchaffs. 18 Sand Martins passed through, and other notable birds were Hobby, 2 Whinchats, 11 Yellow and 2 Grey Wagtails.
Finished the day with a little seawatch which produced a Sooty Shearwater, 5 Balearics and 19 Manx.
140 Gannet, 10 Manx S'water, 1 Balearic S'water., 5 Fulmar , 1 Guillemot., 1 Sandwich Tern.
Waders on the beaches were 24 Ringed Plover, 7 Sanderling, 1 Dunlin . 4 Black T Godwit still on the Marsh.
Best bird of the day seen by Bob B -a F Merlin flew over the car park at 08.30
Sunday, 4 September 2011
Otherwise, a good fall of commoner migrants, Wheatears leading the way with 200+
Full details and photos tomorrow - (off to work now!).
3 Wigeon on Thurlestone marsh this pm (first returning birds ).
Bob B ringed 6 Sedge this morning also saw a Whinchat and a Groppa
3 juv curlew sandpipers showed well in with 25+ Dunlin and 5+ ringed plover, 1 juv spotted redshank, 15+ knot, 3 avocet, 7+ shoveler, 3+ wigeon, 2 greenshank, 1 green sandpiper,2 raven, 3 whimbrel, 4 bar tailed godwit, 15+ little egrets, 20+ lapwing, 1 wheatear, 1 adult Mediterranean gull good numbers of curlew but most of the black tailed godwits at least 300+ flew straight over towards the estuary.
Nice fall of migrants today, bit of overnight rain must have done the trick.
Ringed Plover, 100 Swallow, 100 House Martin, 2 Sand Martin, 33 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 125 Wheatear, Reed Warbler, 10 Blackcap, 18 Whitethroat, 138 Willow Warbler, 32 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest and 21 Spotted Flycatcher
A fair arrival of migrants this morning, well for the Otter at least! The best of which was a nice Wryneck that was sunning itself in the early morning on top of an elderberry tree.
Other migrants included:
10+ Willow Warbler
3 Spotted Flycatcher
2 Reed Warbler
Also on the Otter, 2 Med Gull (ad and 1st yr), 1 barwit and 2 Common Scoter offshore.
Yesterday, the Glaucous Gull was present on the beach briefly in the evening.