January 2006

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Tuesday 31st:

At least 13 Slavonian Grebe were still offshore with 11 Red-throated Diver, 14 Eider, eight Great-crested Grebe, two Guillemot, one Velvet Scoter and the first Little Gull of the year. In the estuary 2500+ Dunlin were in front of the hide with 262 Grey Plover, 210 Bar-tailed Godwit, 67 Redshank, 54 Ringed Plover, 45 Sanderling and six Turnstone. Shutterton Creek held 272 Wigeon, 191 Teal, 39 Shelduck, 32 Lapwing and two Goldeneye. Elsewhere a Sparrowhawk flew northeast along the Dune Ridge and the Main Pond held two Water Rail and a Wigeon.


Monday 30th:

This morning a good count of 18 Slavonian Grebe were off the Dune Ridge, 15 of which together in quite tight flock. Also offshore a Red-throated Diver, nine Eider and three Great-crested Grebe.


Sunday 29th:


Offshore there were five Slavonian and two Great-crested Grebe, a Guillemot and at least 16 Eider. Elsewhere two Snipe and a pair of Teal were at the Main Pond and 10 Jackdaw and a Black-tailed Godwit were in Shutterton Creek.



Saturday 28th:


The evening high tide produced good counts of 385 Curlew and 317 Brent Geese. Three Slavonian Grebe and eight Eider were offshore in choppy conditions, along with an adult Mediterranean Gull and 20+ Red-breasted Merganser. Elsewhere a Water Rail was seen at the Main Pond.



Friday 27th:


No news was received for today.



Thursday 26th:


The drake Shoveler was again on the Main Pond and a Siskin was in the alders near the First Pond .



Wednesday 25th:


Offshore this afternoon there were four Red-throated Diver, a Black-throated Diver to the south of Langstone, four Slavonian Grebe, 18 Eider, 10 Great-crested Grebe, single Razorbill and Guillemot and five Red-breasted Merganser flew east. Shutterton Creek held 220 Wigeon, 140 Curlew, 100+ Canada Geese with a single Greylag and 20 Shelduck. 364 Herring Gull were present on Bull Hill.



Tuesday 24th:


No news was received for today.



Monday 23rd:


The choppy conditions offshore made viewing difficult, but there were three Slavonian Grebe, 20+ Common Scoter and 11 Eider, with 15+ Sanderling along the beach.



Sunday 22nd:


The Velvet Scoter was offshore with six Great-crested and three Slavonian Grebe, eight Razorbill and two Red-throated Diver. In the estuary two Peregrine circled the Bight, where there were also 62 Ringed Plover and eight Skylark. Shutterton Creek held 271 Brent Geese, 24 Red-breasted Merganser and a single Goldeneye. Elsewhere four Siskin in trees by the First Pond were new for the year and a Kingfisher was in the Main Pond.



Saturday 21st:


In flat calm conditions offshore the Velvet Scoter was seen from Langstone Rock along with 60+ auks, mostly Razorbill, 25+ Red-throated Diver, 20+ Great-crested Grebe, 20 Eider, 10 Slavonian Grebe, six Common Scoter and a Great Northern Diver. Also seen from the rock, a Grey Wagtail on the beach, an adult Mediterranean Gull and 30 Turnstone. Elsewhere at least two Sparrowhawk were on site, 12 Lapwing and four Goldeneye were in the estuary and three Chiffchaff were in the entrance bushes.



Friday 20th:


The highlight was the first Velvet Scoter of the year distantly offshore, also seen off the Dune ridge at least four Red-throated Diver, 11 Great-crested Grebe, an increase, three Slavonian Grebe and 25 Eider. Counts over high tide included 1940+ Oystercatcher,  c300 Wigeon, 275 Brent Geese, 102 Bar-tailed Godwit, 75 Curlew, 73 Teal, 67 Redshank, 52 Shelduck, 49 Canada Geese, 48 Lapwing, 45 Red-breasted Merganser, eight Little Egret, six Grey Heron, five Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank.  Around 100 Black-headed Gull were in Shutterton Creek with 49 Common and an adult Mediterranean Gull. Also present today a Peregrine and two Teal on the Main Pond.



Thursday 19th:

Over high tide 3158 Dunlin were counted roosting on the beach with 229 Grey Plover, 56 Ringed Plover and 33 Sanderling. In the estuary there were 331 Wigeon, 153 Teal, 101 Brent Goose and 40 Shelduck. A Red-throated Diver, three Slavonian Grebe and five Eider were offshore.



Wednesday 18th:


Two Pintail were the highlight seen offshore heading towards the estuary, also offshore 11 Eider, four Red-throated Diver and two Slavonian Grebe. Eight Little Egret were in the estuary with 105 Curlew.



Tuesday 17th:

Six Slavonian Grebe and five Red-throated Diver were offshore with seven Eider, 20+ Razorbill and smaller numbers of Guillemot. The Glaucous Gull was around Langstone Rock in the afternoon and the Shoveler was again on the Main Pond.



Monday 16th:

The Glaucous Gull showed well again around Langstone Rock. Offshore there were at least four Red-throated Diver, nine Eider, six Teal and two Slavonian Grebe.  Shutterton Creek held 208 Wigeon, 127 Curlew, 54 Canada Geese with a single Greylag, 30+ Bar-tailed Godwit, 30 Red-breasted Merganser, 17 Shelduck and a first winter Mediterranean Gull. Elsewhere five Lesser Black-backed Gull were on Bull Hill, 50 Ringed Plover were on the beach and a drake Shoveler was again on the Main Pond. 

Bar-tailed Godwit 16/1/06 Dave Stone



Sunday 15th:


The Glaucous Gull was again present around Langstone Rock and the seawall and seawatching from here late morning produced eight Red-throated Diver south with two more on the sea. Also offshore in the strong southerly winds c40 auks, 30+ Kittiwake, 14 Eider, 12 Common Scoter, 10 Gannet, five Fulmar, an adult Mediterranean Gull and a Slavonian Grebe. In the estuary there were counts of 354 Wigeon, 201 Bar-tailed Godwit and 96 Knot with three Black-tailed Godwit and two Eider.

Glaucous Gull Jan John Fortey



Saturday 14th:


In calm conditions offshore there were at least seven Red-throated Diver, along with nine Slavonian Grebe, 20 Eider, 31 Common Scoter and two Mute Swan. Elsewhere the first winter Glaucous Gull was again present around Langstone Rock and the seawall, the first Buzzard of the year drifted over on the first thermals of the year, 53 Shelduck were in the estuary and two Water Rail were present at both the First and the Main Ponds.



Friday 13th:


Seawatching off the seawall, this morning, produced 13 Red-throated Diver south along with 20 Gannet, 19 Auk sp.,  four Fulmar, four Eider, three Red-breasted Merganser, three Kittiwake and three Common Scoter



Thursday 12th:


Nine Red-throated Diver flew south offshore, but due to a combination of southerly winds and up to a dozen kite-surfers little else was seen, with only three Eider and five Great-crested Grebe on the sea. In the estuary there were at least 241 Wigeon and 45 Teal with 35 Shelduck, 24 Black-tailed Godwit, six Goldeneye, two Greenshank, an adult Mediterranean Gull and an Avocet.  Elsewhere a Peregrine again harassed the waders over high tide, a Grey Wagtail was on the beach at Langstone Rock, with 26 Turnstone and 27 Mallard were on the Main Pond.



Wednesday 11th:


Six Red-throated Diver were offshore with 14 Eider, four Great-crested and a single Slavonian Grebe, six Fulmar flew south. In the estuary 46 Great Black-backed Gull were on Finger Point, with 240 Black-headed and 40+ Common Gull in the Shutterton Creek area. Also here 41 Shelduck and a single Greenshank. Elsewhere a Peregrine was on Bull Hill, a flock of 50 Canada Geese held two Greylags and a Water Rail was calling from the Main Pond.



Tuesday 10th:


No news was received for today.



Monday 9th:


Two Red-throated Diver offshore was the only news received for today.


Glaucous Gull 8/1/06 Lee Collins                    1/1/06 Andrew Cunningham



Sunday 8th:


The Glaucous Gull remains faithful to Langstone Rock, being present there throughout the day.  Offshore from the seawall there were three Slavonian Grebe, with four also seen off the Dune Ridge, also off the Dune Ridge, two Red-throated Diver and at least six Eider. In the estuary there were 15 Lapwing, two Black-tailed Godwit and a Little Grebe amongst the usual waders and wildfowl.



Saturday 7th:


The Glaucous Gull was seen at Langstone Rock and flying along the beach near groyne 14. Offshore there were two Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver, 10 Eider, 20 Auk Sp. south, five Goldeneye and two Razorbill. Also present today single Sparrowhawk, Peregrine and Kestrel, three Chiffchaff, a Great-spotted Woodpecker in Dead Dolphin Wood with 21 Linnet, five Skylark and four Rock Pipit in the Bight.



Friday 6th:


The first winter Glaucous Gull was seen again, at Langstone Rock and on Warren Point (also viewable from Exmouth). Also present around the recording area at least three Eider and two Slavonian Grebe offshore, with a Water Rail and Chiffchaff at the First Pond.

Glaucous Gull 6/1/06 Nick Potter                            Dave Stone                          


Thursday 5th:

In strong easterly winds the highlight was six Tufted Duck flying north offshore with four Goldeneye also seen heading south. Elsewhere the Glaucous Gull was at Langstone Rock, an Avocet roosted with Curlew on Finger Point, the Peregrine was again present and a Sparrowhawk was again on the beach.


Wednesday 4th:


Offshore two Gadwall east towards the estuary were a good record, also seen 11 Eider,  at least eight Great-crested and four Slavonian Grebe, two Red-throated Diver and a Kittiwake. Over the high tide counts included c2500 Oystercatcher, c2500 Dunlin, 265 Bar-tailed Godwit, 214 Grey Plover, 212 Wigeon, 125 Brent Geese, 82 Curlew, 77 Knot, 65 Turnstone, 65 Redshank, 49 Sanderling, 41 Shelduck, 39 Ringed Plover, 24 Teal, eight Goldeneye, seven Little Egret and three Black-tailed Godwit. Elsewhere nine Canada Geese were on the Main Pond, an adult Mediterranean Gull was in the estuary, a Peregrine flew over the hide and a Sparrowhawk was on groyne 10.



Tuesday 3rd:


The first winter Glaucous Gull, the first twitchable one here since 1987, remained off Langstone Rock for it's fourth day.  A single Knot also remains there with the Turnstone flock and two Slavonian Grebe were offshore.

Knot 3/1/06 Dave Stone



Monday 2nd:


The Glaucous Gull remained off Langstone Rock most of the day, with 25 Turnstone and the Knot also still present. The flat conditions offshore revealed at least eight Red-throated and four Great Northern Diver, with 20+ Great-crested and five Slavonian Grebe, 20+ Eider and just two Common Scoter. The calmer weather also allowed for some wader counts with c2000 Dunlin, 265 Grey Plover and 35 Sanderling roosting on the beach. In the estuary there were again single Greenshank and Black-tailed Godwit, with 423 Wigeon, 222 Brent Goose, 161 Teal, 81 Red-breasted Merganser, 28 Shelduck, eight Goldeneye, five Little Egret, four Grey Heron, a Kingfisher, a Peregrine feeding in front of the hide and an Avocet on the Railway Saltmarsh. Elsewhere a Cirl Bunting was a surprise, singing briefly near the car park, a Shoveler was again on the Main Pond with at least two Water Rail and a Great-spotted Woodpecker was in Dead Dolphin Wood.


Sunday 1st:


With similar weather to Jan 1st last year, the increasing wind and choppy conditions offshore made viewing difficult but at least 18 Eider were counted along with single Great Northern and Red-throated Diver, three Slavonian Grebe with a few Guillemot and Razorbill. The highlight was the continued presence of the first winter Glaucous Gull, which spent most of the day around Langstone Rock.  In the estuary, alongside the more regular species, there were single Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwit and Lapwing, with a female Goldeneye in Shutterton Creek and two drakes flying out to sea. Elsewhere on site the Tawny Owl was again by the First Pond, with three Chiffchaff, a Little Egret and Knot were at Langstone Rock with 27 Turnstone, a Little Grebe was in Shutterton Creek with two on the Main Pond, along with two Shoveler, and a Snipe was in Greenland Lake.

Glaucous Gull 1/1/06


In total 73 species were recorded on site today.


Red-throated Diver

Great Northern Diver

Slavonian Grebe

Little Grebe

Great-crested Grebe




Little Egret

Grey Heron

Brent Goose








Red-breasted Merganser






Ringed Plover

Grey Plover








Black-tailed Godwit

Bar-tailed Godwit



Black-headed Gull

Common Gull

Glaucous Gull

Herring Gull

Great Black-backed Gull




Feral Pigeon

Wood Pigeon

Tawny Owl


Rock Pipit

Meadow Pipit

Pied Wagtail





Song Thrush




Great Tit

Blue Tit

Long-tailed Tit


Carrion Crow


House Sparrow






Reed Bunting




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