February 2010

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Report sightings

 

 

Sunday 28th:

 

The Surf Scoter was offshore with four Red-throated Diver and two Slavonian Grebe. In the estuary the Long-tailed Duck was in Shutterton Creek at dusk with 73 Common Gull, also in the estuary a Pale-bellied Brent Goose and three Goldeneye. Elsewhere 11 Golden Plover flew in off the sea, five Siskin headed over NE and both Green and Great-spotted Woodpecker and a Redwing were still on site.

 

 

Saturday 27th:

 

The Surf Scoter was offshore with two Slavonian Grebe and two drake Shoveler with the Black Redstart and a Redwing still on site.

 

 

Friday 26th:

 

The Surf Scoter was offshore with the Long-tailed Duck reported again in the estuary with 242 Brent Geese, single Great Northern Diver, three Goldeneye and a Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere the Black Redstart was by the Visitor Centre and four Gadwall and three Little Grebe were on the Main Pond.

 

Long-tailed Tit 26/02/10 Matt Twydell

 

 

Thursday 25th:

 

The Surf Scoter and two Slavonian Grebe were offshore with 20 Black-tailed Godwit, three Great Northern Diver, three Goldeneye, two Peregrine and a Greenshank in the estuary.

 

 

Wednesday 24th:

 

No news was received.

 

 

Tuesday 23rd:

 

The Surf Scoter and a Slavonian Grebe were offshore but no other news was reported.

 

 

Monday 22nd:

 

The three moulting Black-necked Grebe were still offshore with the Surf Scoter and three Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere the Black Redstart was again in Greenland Lake, a Great Northern Diver was in the estuary and two Redwing were on site.

 

 

Sunday 21st:

 

Three moulting Black-necked Grebe off the seawall all afternoon were the highlight, also off there 50+ Razorbill and 100+ auk sp headed south with the Surf Scoter, an adult Mediterranean Gull, eight Red-throated Diver, 54 Great-crested and four Slavonian Grebe on the sea. Counts from the estuary included 1050 Dunlin, 107 Curlew, 69 Redshank, 43 Shelduck, 23 Teal, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, 12 Wigeon, four Goldeneye, two Greenshank and single Jack Snipe, Whimbrel and Great Northern Diver. Elsewhere a single Firecrest along the Back Path was a new migrant, three Redwing were still on site and 117 Carrion Crow were on the mudflats at dusk.

 

 

Saturday 20th:

 

The Surf Scoter was offshore with seven Red-throated Diver, 29 Great-crested and two Slavonian Grebe. Counts from the estuary included 1300 Dunlin, 346 Brent Geese, 13 Black-tailed Godwit and two Greenshank. Elsewhere a male Stonechat was a new arrival in Greenland Lake, with the wintering female still present, a Mistle Thrush was on the Golf Course, three Coot were fighting on the Main Pond and three Redwing were on site.

 

 

Friday 19th:

 

The Surf Scoter remains offshore with 27+ Great-crested and three Slavonian Grebe, 24 Common Scoter and at least five Red-throated Diver. Counts from the estuary included 1800 Dunlin, 873 Oystercatcher, 254 Grey Plover, 230 Brent Geese, 150 Knot, 36 Ringed Plover, six Black-tailed Godwit, five Wigeon, three Great Northern Diver, three Goldeneye, a Greenshank and a Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere four Redwing and a Siskin were around the First Pond.

 

 

Thursday 18th:

 

The Red-breasted Goose of unknown origin that has been wintering on the Exe was on the Golf Course with Brent Geese this morning, escape or wild, this is the first site record since 1828. Elsewhere the Surf Scoter, 16 Red-throated Diver and four Gadwall were offshore and the Black Redstart was near the Visitor Centre.

 

Red-breasted Goose 18/02/10 Simon Thurgood

 

 

Wednesday 17th:

 

The Black Redstart was in the Wryneck Plain with both Green and Great-spotted Woodpecker on site and the Chiloe Wigeon on the Main Pond.

 

 

Tuesday 16th:

 

A pair of Goldeneye and 18 Teal were in the estuary but no other news was received.

 

 

Monday 15th:

 

The female Surf Scoter and two Slavonian Grebe were offshore with c120 Brent Geese, 10 Teal and Greenshank in the estuary.

 

 

Sunday 14th:

 

In flat calm conditions there were at least 28 Red-throated Diver offshore along with 20+ Razorbill, 26 Great-crested and three Slavonian Grebe, c30 Common and the Surf Scoter. Elsewhere 344 Curlew, 191 Grey Plover, 187 Bar-tailed Godwit, two Great Northern Diver, a Slavonian Grebe and a Goldeneye were in the estuary, a Fieldfare was on Warren Point, the Black Redstart was by the visitor centre, three Siskin were in the Entrance Bushes, three Redwing were on site and a Grey Wagtail was along the seawall.

 

 

Saturday 13th:

 

Offshore there were at least 11 Red-throated and a Black-throated Diver with 48 Red-breasted Merganser, three Slavonian Grebe, a pair of Pintail and 65 Common Scoter, the Surf Scoter was reported off the western end of the beach. In the estuary there were two more Slavonian Grebe, two Goldeneye and a Great Northern Diver, with wader counts including 255 Knot, 32 Black-tailed Godwit, three Greenshank and a Whimbrel. Elsewhere 540 Herring Gull were on the offshore sandbars and the Black Redstart remains near the Visitor Centre along with a Redwing and both Green and Great-spotted Woodpecker.

 

 

Friday 12th:

 

The Gadwall were again on the Main Pond with singing Little Grebe and the Chiloe Wigeon.

 

 

Thursday 11th:

 

The pair of Gadwall were on the Main Pond and a Peregrine was sat in the Bight over the evening tide.

 

Gadwall 11/02/10 Chris Clarke

 

 

Wednesday 10th:

 

The female Surf Scoter and a Great Northern Diver were offshore.

 

 

Tuesday 9th:

 

Three Black-tailed Godwit were on the estuary but no other news was received.

 

 

Monday 8th:

 

The female Surf Scoter remains off the eastern end of the Warren, with 11 Common Scoter, a Slavonian Grebe and a Red-throated Diver also offshore. The Black Redstart again around the seaward side of the Entrance Bushes with 17 Blackbird and four Redwing. Elsewhere 54 Dark-bellied and two Pale-bellied Brent Geese, three Great Northern Diver and the Slavonian Grebe were in the estuary and a Peregrine was sat in the Bight.

 

 

Sunday 7th:

 

Records from the estuary included 62 Red-breasted Merganser, 32 Turnstone, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, seven Goldeneye, four Great Northern Diver, three Slavonian Grebe and a Greenshank. The Surf Scoter remained offshore. The Long-tailed Duck was also present but off site towards the north end of Mudbank Lane.

 

Blue Tit 05/02/10 Simon Thurgood

 

 

Saturday 6th:

 

Little change today with both the Surf Scoter and Black Redstart performing well and the Long-tailed Duck proving elusive in the estuary. Other records included three Red-throated Diver and a Slavonian Grebe offshore, seven Siskin, three Redwing, two Coal Tit and a Pheasant in the Entrance bushes, a light northward movement of gulls with 60+ Common and five Lesser Black-backed Gull in the estuary, the resident Slavonian Grebe also there and at least five Water Rail on site.

 

 

Friday 5th:

 

The female Surf Scoter and a Slavonian Grebe were offshore and the Black Redstart was again around the Visitor Centre and Entrance bushes.

 

Black Redstart 30/01/10 Lee Collins

 

 

Thursday 4th:

 

Counts from the estuary included 2267 Dunlin, 927 Oystercatcher, 208 Grey Plover, 167 Knot, 99 Brent Geese, 62 Common Gull, 60 Shelduck, 35 Ringed Plover, 23 Wigeon, 18 Sanderling, two Snipe and singles of Whimbrel, Black-tailed Godwit, Lapwing, Little Egret and Jack Snipe. Also in the estuary four Great Northern Diver, two Slavonian Grebe and two Goldeneye. Elsewhere the female Surf Scoter was offshore with 36 Common Scoter, 18 Kittiwake, 11 Red-throated Diver and 15 Razorbill flew south, the Black Redstart was again around the Visitor Centre, 120 Carrion Crow were on site and three Gadwall were on the Main Pond.

 

 

Wednesday 3rd:

 

The female Surf Scoter and a  Great Northern Diver were offshore with two Slavonian Grebe, Great Northern Diver and a Goldeneye in the estuary.

 

 

Tuesday 2nd:

 

The female Surf Scoter was offshore with 50 Common Scoter, with 145 auk sp, 17 Red-throated Diver and 15 Razorbill flew south. The Long-tailed Duck was again in the estuary with 219 Brent Geese, 63 Shelduck and single Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Kingfisher, Goldeneye, Whimbrel and Greenshank. Elsewhere the Black Redstart was again around the Visitor Centre and a Gadwall was on the Main Pond.

 

 

Monday 1st:

 

The female Surf Scoter was offshore with two Great Northern Diver and a site record 71 Great-crested Grebe. Elsewhere the Black Redstart was again around the Visitor Centre and Main Pond, a Buzzard flew over and on the estuary there were 153 Redshank, 120+ Brent Geese, a Goldeneye and two Greenshank.

 

 

 


1937 - 2010

 

John Fortey, died peacefully on 28th January 2010, after a long battle with cancer.

 

 

Spanning more than 60 years, John's unrelenting commitment to 'local patch birding' coupled with his exceptional fieldcraft, culminated in a legacy of quality finds,
including the discovery of Britain's first White-tailed Plover & Lesser Scaup. Birding Dawlish Warren almost daily for the last 17 years, Britain's first mainland Semipalmated Plover was amongst his many memorable finds.

John, his wit, great modesty and kindness will be sorely missed. The world of birding has lost a true legend.

A full obituary will appear shortly.

 

 

 

 

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