Sunday, 10 December 2017

Sunday 10th December

A Pomarine Skua was offshore this afternoon with 80 Gannet feeding in the bay and 24 Great-crested Grebe, eight Great Northern and three Red-throated Diver and three Eider on the sea. A ninth Great Northern Diver was in the estuary with the Slavonian Grebe and counts of 720 Dunlin, 320 Dark and a Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 127 Great Black-backed Gull, 63 Grey and 11 Ringed Plover, 26 Sanderling and a Goldeneye. Elsewhere the four Shoveler were on the Main Pond and the Mistle Thrush was again in Dead Dolphin Wood.

Wildlife News: Buff-tailed Bumblebee remain active on the Hebe around the Boathouse.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Saturday 9th December

A Black-necked Grebe off the seawall early morning was only the second of the year, also present 84 Gannet, 26 Great-crested Grebe, three Eider, six Red-throated and two Great Northern Diver. Counts from the estuary remained low with 720 Dunlin, 131 Brent Geese, 128 Redshank, 94 Grey Plover, 74 Shelduck, 57 Turnstone, 51 Curlew, 22 Sanderling, six Knot, two Greenshank, two Bar and a Black-tailed Godwit.

Elsewhere a Firecrest was in the Entrance Bushes with four Chiffchaff, the Jack Snipe was on the Main Pond with four Shoveler and a Snipe, the Mistle Thrush was in Dead Dolphin Wood and a couple of Redwing flew over, the only sign of the cold weather. 

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Thursday 7th December

An early morning sea watch from 8:00 to 9:30, when the front when through and winds went round to north-westerly saw 960 Gannet head south, a longer watch may well have broken the site record. Also offshore 240 Kittiwake, nine Great Northern and four Red-throated Diver, eight Great-crested Grebe and just two Guillemot and a Common Scoter.

Counts from the estuary included 1250 Oystercatcher, 1100 Dunlin, 296 Dark and three Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 161 Grey Plover, 105 Redshank, 86 Knot, 65 Shelduck, 46 Turnstone, 22 Sanderling and four Greenshank. Elsewhere four Shoveler were on the Main Pond, two Chiffchaff were in the bushes and a Mistle Thrush was in Greenland Lake.

Shoveler - Alan Keatley

Monday, 4 December 2017

Monday 4th December

An afternoon look off Cockwood Steps saw the Great Northern Diver and Slavonian Grebe in the estuary with c240 Dark and three Pale-bellied Brent Geese, two Greenshank and a Kingfisher.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Sunday 3rd December

Two Eider were offshore this afternoon with two Great Northern and two Red-throated Diver. Elsewhere three Shoveler were on the Main Pond, 1190 Oystercatcher, 237 Brent Geese, five Greenshank and a Mediterranean Gull were in the estuary and 81 Linnet roosted on the Golf Course.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Saturday 2nd December

Flat conditions offshore this evening saw five Great Northern and three Red-throated Diver from the seawall with 40 Great-crested Grebe and 18 Red-breasted Merganser roosting. Also present two Purple Sandpiper that flew across the bay, a Kingfisher on Groyne 1 and 450 Wigeon flushed from the estuary. Elsewhere three Shoveler were on the Main Pond and the Slavonian Grebe and a sixth Great Northern Diver were in the estuary.

Wildlife News: A Grey Seal was hauled out on the mussel barge.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Friday 1st December

A frosty start and cold northerly wind saw the Main Pond partly frozen but the two Shoveler remain along with the Jack Snipe. Nearby a Firecrest and two Mistle Thrush were in Dead Dolphin Wood with five Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff also in the bushes. Elsewhere a Red-throated Diver, 18 Great-crested Grebe and seven Pintail were offshore with 92 Shelduck in the estuary.

 Jack Snipe - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: A lone Red Admiral and at least four Buff-tailed Bumblebee were still flying despite the temperatures.

Red Admiral - Alan Keatley


Thursday, 30 November 2017

Thursday 30th November

Two Red-throated Diver were close in off the seawall with a few Great-crested Grebe and Gannet. Elsewhere a Common Snipe and the pair of Shoveler were on the Main Pond with Bullfinch, Chiffchaff and Goldcrest in the Bushes.


Red-throated Diver - Martin Rooney

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Wednesday 29th November

The Jack Snipe was again on the Main Pond with a Common Snipe, a Little Grebe and the pair of Shoveler.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Tuesday 28th November

The Bonaparte's Gull was briefly offshore this morning having arrived from the Dawlish direction, also offshore 15 Great-crested Grebe and five Red-throated Diver but most were probably outside the recording area. Elsewhere three Chiffchaff were on site with a Great Northern Diver, the Slavonian Grebe and 250+ Dark and 17 Pale-bellied Brent Geese in the estuary.