Thursday, 15 February 2018

Thursday 15th February

There was no sign of the Firecrest in a brief afternoon visit two Goldcrest and a female Bullfinch were in the Entrance Bushes. Elsewhere a Snipe, a Little Grebe and a Moorhen were on the Main Pond, the immature male Eider, three Great Northern Diver and a pair of Red-breasted Merganser were offshore on a low tide, and, as it is half term, lots of disturbance.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Sunday 11th February

The adult Bonaparte's Gull was off John's Watch on and off during the afternoon with the Long-tailed Duck and a Great Northern Diver also present. Also offshore 92 Great-crested Grebe, seven Red-throated and a second Great Northern Diver were off the sea wall. Elsewhere the immature drake Eider had moved into the estuary where on a very low high tide there were 50 Sanderling, 560 Oystercatcher, six Ringed Plover and two Greenshank.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Saturday 10th February

The Bonaparte's Gull was again in the estuary off Warren Point this morning although a first winter Caspian Gull in Shutterton Creek mid afternoon was more of a surprise. Elsewhere 54 Great-crested Grebe, an Eider, two Great Northern and a Red-throated Diver were offshore, six Siskin were in the Entrance Bushes and a Snipe was on Warren Point.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Friday 9th February

Since last weekend's ringing the Recording Group have only been able to make two visits to the Warren but at least 66 of the c150 colour-ringed Oystercatcher have been resighted.

The Warren Oystercatchers were all ringed with a blue ring with an alpha numeric code, eg A1, A2 on the right tarsus. Above this is a plain yellow ring with the metal ring on left tarsus. Please read the ring from the bottom (foot) up. This is important as there are also codes 1A, 2A etc.

Please use this email exeoystercatchers@gmail.com to report any ringed birds providing the following information: date, time, location (precise as possible, i.e. not Exe estuary), Grid reference, any behaviour (ie feeding, roosting) and of course the code on the ring.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Tuesday 6th February

The resident Slavonian Grebe, still the only one this winter, remains off Cockwood with a Great Northern Diver and two Greenshank also there. Elsewhere a Firecrest was reported in the car park but no other news was received.

Monday, 5 February 2018

Monday 5th February

The Cetti's Warbler made a reappearance today even showing well on occasion as it fed in brambles around Dead Dolphin Wood. Elsewhere two Firecrest were in the car park, at least four are wintering locally.

Ringing News: News has just been received of a Dunlin seen here on 24 February 2015. It had been ringed on the island of Nidingen in west Sweden on 20 August 2013. This recovery was only possible due to an infield read of its metal ring!

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Sunday 4th February

The main focus today was an Oystercatcher ringing session so there was little time for birding. More details on the days activities and the Oystercatchers themselves will be available on the website later this week. Other species noted included an Eider and a Great Northern Diver off John's Watch with a single Siskin and the year's first Raven overhead.

 Oystercatcher - adult (red eye) - Lee Collins

Oystercatcher -  immature (dull eye) - Lee Collins

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Saturday 3rd February

A quiet day but the regular Long-tailed Duck, Eider and Great Northern Diver remain off John's Watch.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Friday 2nd February

The Slavonian Grebe was off Cockwood but no other news was received.

Stonechat - Dave Jewell
 
Ringing News: This Stonechat, first seen in on 11th January, is now paired with a female so will hopefully remain to breed. It was ringed as a pullus (one of a brood of four) at Mansands, nr Brixham on 20 May 2017.
 


Thursday, 1 February 2018

Thursday 1st February

Early morning the super moon was illuminating the pre dawn wader roost in the Bight, but the cold and brisk north-westerly wind meant there were choppy conditions both in the estuary and offshore. The Long-tailed Duck, two Great Northern Diver and an Eider were off John's Watch. Elsewhere two Little Grebe and a pair of Shoveler were on the Main Pond.

 Shoveler (& Little Grebe) - Alan Keatley

Long-tailed Duck - Alan Keatley