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Friday 30th:

 

Five Waxwing remained along the Back Path, feeding on rosehips and drinking in puddles in Greenland Lake until mid morning at least. Elsewhere 120+ Chaffinch and at least three Brambling flew east, 12 Siskin were in the Entrance Bushes, a Great Northern Diver was offshore and the Black-necked Grebe and male Bearded Tit remain on the Main Pond.

 

Waxwing 30/11/12 Lee Collins

 

 

Thursday 29th:

 

The highlight of the day were Waxwing. Three flew in over the Golf Course and dropped in by the Main Pond late morning, two others later joined them ranging along the Back Path until dark, in addition to these a flock of 20 headed east over Greenland Lake mid afternoon. These are only the second record for the recording area and the first to actually land, the only previous Waxwing on site flew east along the Dune Ridge in Dec 2010. Other news was limited to the Black-necked Grebe and male Bearded Tit both of which remain on the Main Pond.

 

Waxwing 29/11/12 Dave Jewell

 

 

Wednesday 28th:

 

The Black-necked Grebe remains on the Main Pond where the male Bearded Tit also showed well, several Water Rail squealed from the reeds and a drake Gadwall nearly landed before heading for the estuary. Elsewhere four Snipe and a Jack Snipe were in Greenland Lake, 35+ Chaffinch, nine Lesser Redpoll, six Siskin and a Brambling flew through, the Slavonian Grebe was in the estuary, three Chiffchaff and a Grey Wagtail were on site and offshore three Great Northern and a Red-throated Diver flew south.

 

 

Tuesday 27th:

 

The Black-necked Grebe was again reported on the unlikely location of the Main Pond but no other news was received.

 

 

Monday 26th:

 

A Black-necked Grebe was reported on the Main Pond where the male Bearded Tit also made another appearance, but no other news was received.

 

 

Sunday 25th:

 

A Little Gull was off the sea wall, whilst in the estuary there were three Avocet and a distant Black-necked Grebe.  No other news was received.

 

 

Saturday 24th:

 

Another low pressure system moved through during the day bringing easterly gales and heavy rain, two hours seawatching from late morning produced a Storm Petrel off the seawall, the first November record for the recording area. Also offshore just 17 Gannet, 14 Turnstone, a Razorbill, an adult Mediterranean Gull, a Great Northern and a Red-throated Diver.

 

 

Friday 23rd:

 

Much quieter weatherwise but there was very little offshore early morning. Elsewhere nine Siskin and a Redpoll flew over, an adult Mediterranean Gull was in the estuary and eight Moorhen, four Little Grebe, at least two Water Rail, a Snipe and a Chiffchaff were around the Main Pond.

 

 

Thursday 22nd:

 

All the news came from seawatching, an hour and half stint early morning produced 244 Gannet and 168 Kittiwake heading south along with five Great Northern Diver, four Fulmar, three diver sp, a Slavonian Grebe, a Goldeneye and an adult Yellow-legged Gull. An hour late afternoon was much quieter with just 38 Kittiwake and 10 Gannet.

 

 

Wednesday 21st:

 

Four Great Northern Diver flew north offshore before heading high up the estuary early morning. Elsewhere four Great-crested, three Slavonian and two Little Grebe were in the estuary along with the first three Goldeneye of the winter.

 

 

Tuesday 20th:

 

No news was received.

 

 

Monday 19th:

 

The Bonaparte's Gull was reported but no other news was received.

 

 

Sunday 18th:

 

The Bonaparte's Gull was again present with a Slavonian Grebe and a distant Eider flying south offshore. Elsewhere a Firecrest was with a Long-tailed Tit flock on Langstone Rock.

 

 

Saturday 17th:

 

The Bonaparte's Gull was refound today again around the seawall. Counts from the estuary included 1500 Oystercatcher, 875 Wigeon, 382 Dark-bellied and two Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 231 Curlew, 210 Teal, 72 Grey Plover, eight Lapwing, four Sanderling, two Shoveler and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere a drake Gadwall was on Main Pond and single Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver were offshore.

 

 

Wednesday 14th - Friday 16th:

 

No news was received.

 

 

Tuesday 13th:

 

Again no sign of the Bonaparte's Gull whilst offshore there were single Black and Red-throated Diver, with two Slavonian Grebe in the estuary.

 

 

Monday 12th:

 

No sign of the Bonaparte's Gull today in a thorough search. The only other news received was of a single Water Pipit again in front of the hide.

 

 

Sunday 11th:

 

The presumed second winter Bonaparte's Gull was present along the beach most of the day. Counts from the estuary included 1500 Oystercatcher, 336 Brent Geese and 56 Grey Plover, with a couple of Red-throated Diver, a Mediterranean Gull and a Slavonian Grebe offshore. Elsewhere the male Bearded Tit was at the Main Pond, two Water Pipit were in front of the hide and four Siskin were around the Entrance Bushes.

 

 

Bonaparte's Gull 11/11/12 Mashuq Ahmad                                                          Water Pipit 11/11/12 Mashuq Ahmad

 

 

Saturday 10th:

 

The Bonaparte's Gull continues to show well off the seawall, also offshore a Red-throated Diver. Elsewhere the male Bearded Tit remains elusive at the Main Pond, but did pose briefly for a photo.

 

 

Friday 9th:

 

The Bonaparte's Gull, likely a second winter rather than an adult, see picture here, two Mediterranean Gull and a Sandwich Tern were off the seawall.

 

 

Thursday 8th:

 

The Bonaparte's Gull and two Mediterranean Gull were ranging along the beach most of the day and two Great Northern Diver were offshore but no other news was received.

 

 

Wednesday 7th:

 

The Bonaparte's Gull was present off the sea wall with 20+ Common Scoter, five Red-throated and two Great Northern Diver offshore. Elsewhere a juvenile Cirl Bunting was around the Buffer Zone, the male Bearded Tit remains elusive at the Main Pond, two Black-tailed Godwit, two Mediterranean Gull and the Slavonian Grebe were in the estuary.

 

 

Tuesday 6th:

 

A cold clear early November day and pigeons were on the move with 23,500 Wood Pigeon SW between 07.05 and 11.30 hrs. Most were out over the sea, with few over the Warren or estuary, with a minimum 200 Stock Dove in the closer flocks. Also overhead 30 Chaffinch, 23 Redwing, five Siskin and a Mistle Thrush. Offshore the Bonaparte's Gull was feeding near groyne two with 11 Great-crested and a Little Grebe, three Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver further out. Elsewhere the Bearded Tit remained at the Main Pond and a Greenshank was in the estuary.

 

 

Bonaparte's Gull 6/11/12 Lee Collins

 

 

Monday 5th:

 

No news was received.

 

 

Sunday 4th:

 

The unexpected highlight in the flat calm conditions was the first Little Auk of the year. It flew directly in from a long way out, landed for five minutes off John's Watch before then flying off south, possibly the same bird was earlier off Branscombe and later off Brixham. Also offshore a Sandwich Tern, three Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver. Elsewhere the Water Pipit was in the Bight, the Bearded Tit was calling in the Buffer Zone, three Coal Tit were on site and two Siskin flew over. The Bonaparte's Gull was off Dawlish town in the afternoon and later reported off the Warren.

 

Little Auk 04/11/12

 

 

Saturday 3rd:

 

Counts from the estuary included 690 Wigeon, 273 Redshank, 101 Teal, 70 Grey Plover, eight Red-breasted Merganser, a Sandwich Tern and a first winter Little Gull. Elsewhere the Bearded Tit was still at the Main Pond, vis mig included 4585 Wood Pigeon, c50 Chaffinch, 33 Jackdaw, 22 Skylark and a Siskin whilst offshore there were 185 Kittiwake and a Red-throated Diver.

 

 

Friday 2nd:

 

Counts from the estuary included 1200+ Dunlin, 1200 Oystercatcher, 650+ Wigeon, 433 Brent Geese, 218 Curlew, 90 Teal, 52 Grey Plover, 12 Red-breasted Merganser, a Sandwich Tern and the Slavonian Grebe. Elsewhere the Bearded Tit was still at the Main Pond, the Water Pipit was again briefly in front of the hide and offshore there were a Pomarine Skua and a Red-throated Diver.

 

Wigeon 02/11/12 Simon Thurgood

 

 

Thursday 1st:

 

A Water Pipit was briefly in front of the hide mid morning with eight Pale-bellied Brent Geese, an adult Mediterranean Gull and the Slavonian Grebe in the estuary. Elsewhere the Bonaparte's Gull was reported off groyne 12, the Bearded Tit was still pinging from the Main Pond, a Sandwich Tern was at Langstone Rock, three Chiffchaff and a Coal Tit were around the First Pond and overhead there were four Siskin, two Lesser Redpoll and two Swallow. Late news from last week includes the first Treecreeper of the year.

 

 

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