Monday, 22 January 2018

Monday 22nd January

The Slavonian Grebe was reported off Cockwood and the Bonaparte's Gull was seen distantly off Exmouth before flying offshore past Warren Point late afternoon, its first visit to the Recording Area since November.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Sunday 21st January

The highlight was found late in the day, a first winter Glaucous Gull roosting with 31 Great Black-backed Gull on Bull Hill until dark; although no one saw the Bonaparte's Gull which must have flown past early afternoon as it moved between Teignmouth and Shelly Beach Exmouth.  Also in the estuary 1320 Dunlin, 134 Grey Plover, 124 Brent Geese, 117 Knot, 28 Sanderling, three Goldeneye, two Razorbill, a Great Northern Diver and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere the Long-tailed Duck, two Eider, five Great Northern and two Red-throated Diver were offshore, a Firecrest was again Dead Dolphin Wood and 16 Siskin were in the Entrance Bushes.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Saturday 20th January

A brief second winter Iceland Gull was the day's highlight, it flew west over John's Watch late morning keeping to the estuary side of the Warren before heading south. Offshore the Long-tailed Duck and four Great Northern Diver were still near the estuary mouth with 105 Great-crested Grebe and two Red-throated Diver off the seawall.

Elsewhere a Firecrest was in Dead Dolphin Wood and counts from the estuary included 138 Grey Plover, 105 Knot, 49 Shelduck, 22 Sanderling, 18 Bar-tailed Godwit and the Slavonian Grebe.

Shelduck - Alan Keatley

Friday, 19 January 2018

Friday 19th January

The Long-tailed Duck remains off Warren Point with 120 Great-crested Grebe, four Great Northern and two Red-throated Diver also offshore. Counts from the estuary included 180 Wigeon, 88 Teal, 69 Redshank, 57 Bar-tailed Godwit, 50 Common Gull, 47 Turnstone, a Mediterranean Gull and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere the Firecrest and six Siskin were in the Entrance Bushes and two Shoveler were on the Main Pond.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Thursday 18th January

The Long-tailed Duck was offshore with 230 Gannet, 63 Great-crested Grebe, six Red-throated and five Great Northern Diver. Elsewhere the Firecrest was in the Entrance Bushes.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Wednesday 17th January

A first winter Caspian Gull briefly on Finger Point was an unexpected highlight this morning, especially considering the lack of large gulls present and the fact it was wearing a German ring; details awaited. It was the fourth record for the Warren, all first winters. Also from the hide 121 Knot and 40 Sanderling; a welcome increase this winter.

 Caspian Gull - Lee Collins

Elsewhere the Long-tailed Duck, five Great Northern and a Red-throated Diver was offshore, a Shoveler was on the Main Pond and a Firecrest was in the Entrance Bushes.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Sunday 14th January

Counts from the estuary included 196 Wigeon, 182 Teal, 176 Brent Geese, 18 Sanderling, four Greenshank, a Mediterranean Gull and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere the Long-tailed Duck was again off John's Watch today with four Great Northern and two Red-throated Diver also offshore and the Firecrest was in the Entrance Bushes.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Saturday 13th January

Seawatching early morning saw a Great Skua head south along with 236 Gannet, 15 Great Northern and 11 Red-throated Diver; also south just nine Kittiwake, six auk sp and a Fulmar. In the estuary the Slavonian Grebe was in Shutterton Creek and counts included 290 Wigeon, 202 Brent Geese, 110 Teal, 45 Great Black-backed Gull, 18 Bar-tailed Godwit and three Greenshank. Elsewhere the Cetti's Warbler and two Shoveler were at the Main Pond.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Thursday 11th January

Three Stonechat on Warren Point included at least one new arrival as it was a ringed bird; details are awaited. Elsewhere three Great Northern Diver remain off the estuary mouth and a Chiffchaff was in the Entrance Bushes.

 Stonechat - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: This Fox was the first sighting of the year, although it looks relatively unimpressed with the accolade.

Fox - Alan Keatley

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Wednesday 10th January

The Long-tailed Duck and three Great Northern Diver were offshore from John's Watch with a Red-throated Diver off the seawall. Elsewhere two Snipe and a female Shoveler were on the Main Pond and the Slavonian Grebe was off Cockwood.