April 2018 Archive
MON 30 APRIL
A cool sunny morning with a brisk NNW F3/4 wind . Joined by Graham today
Offshore little moving - 8 GANNET , 3 FULMAR, 1 KITTIWAKE ,
12 AUKS -E , A GREAT N DIVER-SP on the sea at 12.00 , 6WHIMBREL -on rocks
On South Huish Marsh - A CURLEW SANPIPER (169 ) showing signs of summer plumage - a scarce bird in Spring , 17 DUNLIN ,
1 COMMON SANDPIPER , 10 WHIMBREL , 1 BAR T GODWIT , 1F TEAL 1ad YELLOW L GULL .Nice to see the 2 MUTE SWAN back . , BLACK SWAN still .
Early afternoon Dave P had 4 BLACK T GODWIT fly in also 1 WHEATEAR .
At South Efford Marsh Dave reported - SPOONBILL , 3 REDSHANK , 6 SHELDUCK , 2 GOLDCREST , 2 SEDGE WARBLER ., at the far end of North Marsh a RED KITE FLEW UP THE VALLEY. At 18.30 Eric reports- 1HOBBY , 6 DUNLIN , 2 GREENSHANK , 4 SEDGE WARBLER
SUN 29 APRIL
A cloudy start with some sunny periods later , a cold NE F4/5 wind .
Some evidence of passarines arriving .
9SANDWICH TERN in the Bay .At South Huish Marsh - BLACK SWAN ,
2 TEAL , 3 SHELDUCK , 11 WHIMBREL , 1 BAR T GODWIT , 1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 2M 3F WHEATEAR ( at long last a patch year tick ) 1F WHINCHAT ( 168 ) 1 REED WARBLER , 15 SWALLOW , 4 HOUSE MARTIN , 5 SAND MARTIN , 2 SWIFT .
In bushes opposite the toilet block WHITETHROAT & GARDEN WARBLER
SAT 28 APRIL
A cloudy morning with almost no wind .Started with a 45 min Garden Watch from 07.55 , 26 species recorded inc -
5 WHIMBREL ( flew up the valley ) 2 JAY , 2 CHIFFY , 2 SEDGW WARBLER ,6 SWALLOW , 1 LITTLE EGRET .
Managed a short seawatch from -9.20 - 2 GANNET , 2 MANX S’WATER , 2 FULMAR , 3 SANDWICH TERN , 8 WHIMBREL , 1 RED T DIVER -W .
Eric had the bird of the day a male LESSER WHITETHROAT ( 167) at South Efford Marsh., along with - SPOONBILL, 4 SEDGE WARBLER ,
1 COMMON SANDPIPER, 15 HOUSE MARTIN , 3 SWIFT .
FRI 27 APRIL
With forecast SE winds expectations for some cracking seawatch this morning were high, heavy rain cleared from 10.15 when visibility also improved. Pete Aley and Ian on watch from 06.50 , I arrived at 07.30 with Alan joining us from 08.30 .through till 12.00 totals were -
66 GANNET , 6 FULMAR , 23 MANX S’WATER, 3 RED T DIVER , 1DIVER sp , 22 SANDWICH TERN , 1 LITTLE TERN ( on rocks at 11.50 )3 COMMON SCOTER -E , 6 AUKS -E , a few GUILLEMOT &
RAZORBILL ( on sea ) , 54 WHIMBREL , 130 SWALLOW , 2 SAND MARTIN , 1 HOUSE MARTIN .
Went over to South Huish Marsh At 15.00 , met Terry who confirmed he had a Wheatear , also 3 SWIFT ( 166) , thankfully another one flew through at 16.15 , also 8 WHIMBREL , 2 TEAL , BLACK SWAN , 15 SWALLOW , 3 HOUSE MARTIN , 4 SHELDUCK , 3 SEDGE WARBLER.In the lanes a WHITETHROAT.
At South Efford Marsh Eric reports - the SPOONBILL , 18 SHELDUCK , 3 TEAL , 3 GREENSHANK , 3 SEDGE WARBLER , 1 SWALLOW
late the news from James - in an hour from 14.25 he had 1565 MANX S’WATER flying East from Hope Cove , also 1ARCTIC SKUA
THURS 26 APRIL
A sunny morning with brisk W F4/5 wind .
Seawatch from Bob’s car park 08.50- 09.50 and from the flats from 10.45-12.00 - totals - 25GANNET, 160 MANX S’WATER , 17 KITTIWAKE, 2 FULMAR. , 17 AUKS , 4 GUILLEMOT ( on sea ) ,
3 RAZORBILLS ( on sea ) ,7 WHIMBREL ,
On South Huish Marsh - BLACK SWAN , 2SHELDUCK , 1 LITTLE EGRET , 1 SEDGE WARBLER , 14 SWALLOW .
Returned for another 90min seawatch At 16.30 - 23 WHIMBREL ,
65 MANX S’WATER , 20 GANNET , 1 FULMAR , 5 AUKS , 1 SWALLOW .
Interesting today apart from the AUKS almost all the birds were flying west
WED 25 APRIL
Started out with blue skies and sunshine , clouded over from 10.30 with some heavy showers up to 12.30 . A strong SW F5/6 wind .
seawatching from 09.00-10.00 and 11.00-12.30 produced totals of -
40 GANNET , 210 MANX S’WATER ( inc a raft of 30 on sea ) , 5
KITTIWAKE , 4 SANDWICH TERN , 2 FULMAR ., 4 COMMON SCOTER ,
6 RAZORBILLS ON SEA , 5 AUKS -E .
Only birds on South Huish Marsh were - BLACK SWAN , 2 SHELDUCK , 8 SWALLOW , 1 SONG THRUSH
This evening James had a MARSH HARRIER (165 ) over cliffs at Inner Hope
TUES 24 APRIL
A totally miserable morning - low cloud / offshore fog , frequent showers and drizzle ,
Spent over 3 hours watching South Huish Marsh ( using the tailgate/boot as a hide . 120+ SWALLOW , 12 HOUSE MARTIN , 2 SAND MARTIN , 3 PIED WAGTAIL , 2 TEAL , 3 SHELDUCK , BLACK SWAN , 1 LITTLE EGRET , 13 WHIMBREL , 1 SANDWICH TERN .
Still no WHEATEAR !
late news from James - seawatch from Hope Cove 16.45-18.30
A total of 8 BONXIE (inc a group of 4 together flying E ) , 3 DP
ARCTIC SKUA & a probable POM SKUA sat on the sea . Also had MANX SHEARWATER MOVING THROUGH AT A RATE OF 450 for the first 90 mins .
MON 23 APRIL
An overcast morning with a light shower , the WNW wind increasing to F5 by 12.00 .Joined by Graham & Martin Daw
30 WHIMBREL , 1 BAR T GODWIT -E , 10 GANNET , 8 SANDWICH TERN , 16 RAZORBILLS ( on sea ) , 1 GREAT N DIVER - E& 12.15 ,.
On South Huish Marsh - the BLACK SWAN , 1 WHITE WAGTAIL , 7 BLACK H GULL , 30 SWALLOW .
Very quiet morning for the last week in April
SUN 22 APRIL
Whilst I was in Oxfordshire watching flocks of RED KITE they were also on the patch - Eric had one over Aveton Gifford whilst Bob & Chris had 2 near South Milton village (164)
FRI 20 APR
Another very warm &sunny morning , almost nobreeze .
A 40 min garden watch from 07.40 produced 27 species inc-
2M 1F BLACKCAP , 2 CHIFFY , 3 SANDWICH TERN .
Bay watched from Warren Point from 09.15- 12.00 - A total of
14 COMMON TERN , 28 SANDWICH TERN logged ( probably some duplication with birds feeding through the Bay ), 2 WHIMBREL,
On the sea a GUILLEMOT & a RED T DIVER , 2 SWALLOW .
THURS 19 APRIL
A sunny and warm morning with only a very light breeze . Signs of WARBLERS having arrived , although very few .
Nothing offshore worth reporting . On South Milton Ley - the
BLACK SWAN still , 6 TEAL , 2 SHELDUCK , 1 SWALLOW , 5 HOUSE MARTIN .The CATTLE EGRET again ., 1 RINGED PLOVER . Around the copse A M BLACKCAP , 3 CHIFFY
A short visit to South Milton Ley proved worthwhile - 1m BLACKCAP , Singles of WHITETHROAT , REED WARBLBER ( 162) , SEDGE WARBLER , and a singing GARDEN WARBLER ( 163 ) ,surprisingly
no WILLOW WARBLERS and only 5 CHIFFY , 1 JAY .
Over At South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 1 LITTLE GULL ( 3rd patch record this week ) 6 GREENSHANK , 1 COMMON SANDPIPER , 24 SHELDUCK .
Has anyone else noticed the very few records for WHEATEAR , most years this would be a common migrant by now , I am still waiting to pick up a year tick
WED 18 APRIL
A DAY OF UNBROKEN SUNSHINE , A SE F3 INCRESING TO F5 WIND .A day of 2 contrasts - morning and late afternoon .Joined today by
Eric , Bob , Chris , Lesley & Stuart .
Morning seawatch 07.45 - 12.30 -totals - 50 GANNET ., 12 KITTIWAKE , 3 FULMAR , 12 SANDWICH TERN , 25 MANX S’WATER ,
67 COMMON SCOTER , 1 GREAT N DIVER , 79 WHIMBREL , 2 BONXIE ,3 ARCTIC SKUA ( these are the first Skuas to fly into the Bay and continue up the valley - great when they fly almost over our heads ) , 22 OYSTERCATCHER ( highest count this month ) 1 SWALLOW
ON South Huish Marsh - BLACK SWAN , 3 SWALLOW , 2 HOUSE MARTIN .
Returned for an evening watch , 16.35- 18.30 - some surprises .
Only birds recorded were Ducks & Waders !
A total of 260 WHIMBREL flew into the Bay and eventually up the valley , flocks of 100, 70, 50, 40 .2 GOLDEN PLOVER flew up the valley at 18.00 .
Ducks - 10 COMMON SCOTER ( on sea ) , a total of 65 SHOVELER
( probably a patch record - it is mine ) again flocks flew into the Bay and went straight up the valley , with 15 Close inshore on the sea .
2M1F SCAUP (160) were sat on the sea at 18.10 before flying off east - a patch life tick !
Shows what can turn up with a good SE wind .
At South Efford Marsh Rod B had a WHITETHROAT (161)
TUES 17 APRIL
Lunchtime update - the expected F7/8 S/ SSW winds did not disappoint. Seawatch from 07.30 - 12.30 produced -
14 BONXIE -E , 8 ARCTIC SKUA -E ( 6 dp & 2 lp ), 77 GANNET ,
33 SANDWICH TERN , 2 ARCTIC TERN ( E @ 08.35 ) , 3 MED GULL ,
2 KITTIWAKE , 1 1W LITTLE GULL 10.05 ), 4 FULMAR ,
143 MANX SHEARWATER , 1 BALEARIC SHEARWATER ( E@ 12 .00
157) , 152 COMMON SCOTER , 1 VELVET SCOTER ( flew E @ 08.35 with a flock of 22 COMMON )1M SHOVELER , 1F GADWALL ,
143 WHIMBREL ,amongst a flock of 30 was a GREY PLOVER ,
1 GREAT N DIVER .
Joined by Alan D , Lesley , Bob , Stuart and briefly Crinkle .
Going back for another session after 16.00 .
Evening update- seawatch 16.30-18.20 , showers still F7/8 SSW wind , very rough seas , viz poor in showers .logged-
14 GANNET , 45 MANX S’WATER , 1 FULMAR , 5 SANDWICH TERN , 1 LITTLE TERN - E @17.05 ( 158 ) , 2 Whimbrel , 3 BONXIE,
1DP ARCTIC SKUA finally at 18.05 a POMARINE SKUA - E (159 )
James K watching from Hope Cove had a probable POM SKUA this morning and at least 1 more Bonxie .
Total of 28 SKUA’S logged - one of the best April counts for the Bay ,
‘also the first large passage of WHIMBREL , GOOD VARIETY OF TERNS .
AT 06.30 THIS MORNING A CATTLE EGRET on Thurlestone Marsh .
Early start on Wed could be another very interesting day
MON 16 APRIL
An overcast morning with a SSW F6 wind . Joined by Graham & Martin Daw today
Seawatch from 08.45- 10.00 - 60 GANNET , 25 MANX SHEARWATER ,
5 SANDWICH TERN , 23 COMMON SCOTER , 3 FULMAR , 1 KITTIWAKE, 20 AUKS , 1 WHIMBREL ( on rocks )
On South Huish Marsh - the BLACKSWAN , 8 TEAL , 3 SWALLOW .
Late afternoon seawatch- 16.30-18.15 logged -
425 MANX SHEARWATER-E, 20 GANNET , 2 FULMAR , 2 KITTIWAKE,
1 SANDWICH TERN , 30 COMMON SCOTER , 4 BONXIE -E @ 17.35 .
BLACK T DIVER & RED T DIVER flew E @ 18.12 , 3 WHIMBREL in off .
Conditions for Tues still looking good , also Wednesday as well .
SUN 15 APRIL - SEAWATCHING BONANZA
A mostly cloudy morning with a few bright intervals and showers , SSW F6 wind , visibility good .Bay watched from. Bob’s car park from 08.45 - 12.50 , joined by Alan at 11.00
SPECIE 8.45-9.45. 9.45-10.45 10.45- 12.45 TOTALS
GANNET. 70. 70 65. 205
MANX S’WATER 420. 380. 190. 990
GUILLEMOT 1. 15. 10. 26
COMMON SCOTER 112. 48. 86. 246
RED T DIVER 2 ( on sea ) 2
LITTLE GULL (156) 3. 2. 5
KITTIWAKE 30 5. 35
FULMAR 6. 5. 11
AUKS 10. 15. 4. 29
ARCTIC SKUA 3. 5. 8
GREAT SKUA 2. 2
SANDWICH TERN 3. 10. 13
PUFFIN 1. 1
Also moving through - 2 WHIMBREL , PEREGRINE ( chasing a FERAL PIGEON ) 2 RAZORBILLS
The LITTLE GULLS were feeding with a raft of MANX S’WATER .
Report from Ritchie- On South Milton Ley - 3WHIMBREL , 1M TUFTED DUCK , 1 CATTLE EGRET , BLACK SWAN .Late afternoon
Alan reports 5 Med Gull (3 3y, 2 2y )
James K watching from Hope Cove - 09.20-10.45 & 11.45- 13.00 reported MANX S’WATER - Large numbers , also many AUKS & KITTIWAKE , Single GREAT N & RED T DIVER flew E together.
3DP & 2 LP ARCTIC SKUA ( all in his first watch ) 2GREAT SKUA ( same as ours )
‘late evening report from James of 5 GREAT SKUA sat on the sea also 1 flying across the Bay , large numbers of MANX S’WATER still passing
The day total of 19SKUAS is a very good one for April
Tuesday is looking good , F 8 S/SSW winds .
SAT 14 APRIL
A MORNING OF SUNNY PERIODS ONCE THE MIST DISPERSED, increasing SE wind up to F4/5 .
A seawatch from Bob’s car park from 09.45 - 12.30 with 2 patch year ticks -
41 GANNET , 45 COMMON SCOTER , 13 MANX S’WATER , 1 RED T DIVER & 1 GREAT N DIVER ( on sea ) 13 GUILLEMOT ( on sea ) 1 PUFFIN ( on seaenabling the bill to be picked up ( 154) ) , only 3 SANDWICH TERN . WADERS IN OFF THE SEA - 4 BAR T GODWIT &
4 WHIMBREL .
AT 12.05 picked up a duck on the sea coming into the bay - still there when I left at 12.30 - a 1W M EIDER (155)- only usually get 1 record a year .
FRI 13 APRIL
On South Huish Marsh - the BLACK SWAN ( being chased by the Cob MUTE SWAN ), 18 TEAL, 2 SHELDUCK , 1 CATTLE EGRET , 1 RINGED PLOVER ( flew over ) , 3 CHIFFY , 1 WILLOW WARBLER , 1 SWALLOW .
A drive through Buckland Valley - 5 CHIFFY , 1 WILLOW WARBLER ,
1 BLACKCAP,1 GREAT SP WOODY , SONG THRUSH .
THURS 12 APRIL
STARTED OVERCAST BUT THE SUN CAME OUT FROM 10.00. AN E F5/6 WIND .
Spent the morning from 09.15 seawatching from Bob’s carpark , Terns interesting ,. 2Raptors in off the sea .
45 GANNET , 72 SANDWICH TERN , 4 ARCTIC TERN flew into the Bay At 11.15 (153) , 3 COMMON TERN , 2 FULMAR 1KITTIWAKE ,
15 COMMON SCOTER -E , On the sea - 2RED T DIVER , 1 GUILLEMOT, at 09.30 picked up a HOBBY (152) coming in off the sea , a short while later so did a BUZZARD .Just singles of SWALLOW & HOUSE MARTIN , 6 LINNET & aSKYLARK FLEW N .
The SANDWICH TERN largest flocks were -13 , 15 , 8 &7 all flying west
ATSouth Efford Marsh Eric reports 35 TEAL , 9 SHELDUCK , 1 REDSHANK , 1 CURLEW , 1 SEDGE WARBLER .
Around 18.30 yesterday Eric had an adult SPOONBILL flying over his garden , different bird to the one that has overwintered
WED 11 APRIL
A fine morning with nice sunny periods . F3/4 ENE wind .
A 40 min Garden Watch only produced 22 species inc - 1M BLACKCAP , 2 CHIFFY and a STARLING .
A 2HOUR seawatch from 08.50 - 36GANNET , 2 FULMAR , 10 SANDWICH TERN , 1 COMMON TERN , 25 COMMON SCOTER ,
1 RED T DIVER ( on sea ) 1 WHIMBREL flew west and another heard calling .
At South Huish Marsh - the BLACK SWAN still , 12 TEAL , 1M TUFTED DUCK , 2 SHELDUCK , 2 CHIFFY , 1 WILLOW WARBLER - HIRUNDINES TODAY - 6 SWALLOW, 4 SAND MARTIN , 1 HOUSE MARTIN .
At a quiet South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 5 Redshank , 1 CURLEW ,
12 SHELDUCK , 1 LITTLE GREBE , MISTLE THRUSH .
TUES 10 APRIL
A very overcast morning with showers up to 10.30. E F3 wind .
Surprise of the morning was a BLACK SWAN (150) on South Huish Marsh , unringed and constantly feeding - a site first .
Also around 100 SWALLOW , 5 HOUSE MARTIN , 4 SAND MARTIN . NICK picked up a warbler moving amongst the reeds , it was aSEDGE WARBLER .14 TEAL ,2 SHELDUCK . A PEREGRINE flew through causing consternation amongst the Hirundines .
At South Milton Ley - 10 CHIFFY , 2 M BLACKCAP , 2 BULLFINCH .
late news from Ritchie - a WHIMBREL (151) On South Huish Marsh
MON 9 APRIL
A cloudy morning with light drizzle , an E F breeze .
At 07.30 the CATTLE EGRET feeding on T’stone Marsh , also 1 LITTLE EGRET
Offshore - a large pod of 25+ Harbour Porpoise, around them 40GANNET . 2 SANDWICH TERN , 24 COMMON SCOTER -E .
On South Huish Marsh - 22 TEAL , 1 1W MED GULL , 2 SHELDUCK , 40 SWALLOW , 4 HOUSE MARTIN
SUN 8 APRIL
A fine morning with some high cloud , little breeze .
At South Huish Marsh - A CATTLE EGRET - first sighting for a few weeks , signs of summer plumage , 1M TUFTED DUCK , 16 TEAL ,
6 SHELDUCK , amongst a flock of 30 BLACK H GULL 2 2S , 1 1W
MED. GULL , 7. SWALLO W , 5 HOUSE MARTIN , 2 CHIFFY .
On South Efford Marsh Eric reports - 1 SPOONBILL , 35 TEAL , 5 GREENSHANK , 4REDSHANK , 2 SNIPE, KINGFISHER , 1 SEDGE WARBLER (149 )
Alan was ringing at South Milton Ley- SPOTTED CRAKE heard at 07.45 , caught 14CHIFFY , 2 WILLOW WARBLER , 5BLACKCAP ,
GOOD VIEWS OF A WATER RAIL . Another visit this evening no sign of the CRAKE , flock of 60+ LINNET 8 CHIFFY
SAT 7 APRIL
After a night of heavy rain, a cloudy morning with light showers , a NE breeze F1/2
Nothing Offshore , On South Huish Marsh the first large counts of Hirundines - 09.00-10.45 - 135 + SWALLOW , 5 SAND MARTIN , also
the ICELAND GULL AGAIN . 25 TEAL , 5 BLACK H GULL , 3 COMMON GULL
FRI 6 APRIL
Spent just under 2 hours last night listening fo the SPOOTED CRAKE
NO SIGN !
This morning spent seawatching from Bob’s car park 07.50-12.30 , mostly overcast with a F7 SE wind which once again produced the results -
360 GANNET ( only 50 after 10.00 )
385 COMMON SCOTER - ALL E apart from 50 which landed on the sea off Warrens Pt . Largest flock 90
27 SANDWICH TERN , 6 FULMAR , 1 ad MED GULL , 17 MANX SHEARWATER ,1 KITTIWAKE , 5 AUKS .
A BONXIE -E @11.30 . At 12.05 6 GARGANEY (3M 3f ) flew into the Bay and landed on the sea - this is the largest flock for many years .
Watching intermittently from Hope Cove James K had
a BONXIE -E @ 10.05 , 1ARCTIC SKUA -E @ 12.37 . Flying E with
7COMMON SCOTER were 3VELVET SCOTER (148) - a really great patch Spring record .
Evening report from Alan - 5 GARGANEY on the sea , raft of 80 COMMON SCOTER off WARREN PT , 4 COMMON TERN by the rock .
THURS 5 APRIL
After a light frost at dawn a nice sunny morning with only a light breeze .
Offshore only 2 MANX SHEARWATER & a SANDWICH TERN .
On South Huish Marsh the 1w GLAUCOUS GULL SHOWED WELL AT 10.30 , also 14 TEAL , 2 SHELDUCK , NOW 4 COOT .
Alan Pomroy setting up his nets at South Milton Ley at 07.45 had a SPOTTED CRAKE ( 147 ) calling for 15mins , also again briefly at 09.00 . No sign of it since - going back this evening for another watch & listen . This is the first ever Spring record for the patch .Also 2 WILLOW WARBLER , 2 CETTIS WARBLER , 4 CHIFFY, 1 GOLDCREST , 3 BULLFINCH , PEREGRINE OVER .
At Aveton Gifford along the tidal road 5 GREENSHANK reported
WED 4 APRIL
A cold morning with frequent heavy showers and a SSW F 7 wind , very rough seas .
Offshore - very little to see , poor viz and rough sea - 30 GANNET ,
1 SANDWICH TERN , 1F COMMON SCOTER .
During the heavy showers 10.00-11.00 a few Hirundines dropped int South Huish Marsh - 5 SAND MARTIN , 3 SWALLOW AND A HOUSE MARTIN (146) -latter picked up by Carol & Gladys , otherwise 12TEAL , 2 SHELDUCK
IN THE LANES A YELLOWHAMMER
TUES 3 APRIL .
Amorning with sunny periods , hazy offshore, SW F5 WIND .
Offshore - 18 GANNET , 9 KITTIWAKE , 2 RAZORBILLS, 3 SANDWICH TERN . On the coast path first migrant LINNET & a M STONECHAT
On South Huish Marsh at 09.40 amongst a flock of 30 large GULLS were a 2/3 wICELAND GULL & a 1w GLAUCOUS GULL , the whole flock took off towards Hope Cove at 09.42 .Also sat on one of the posts a SANDWICH TERN .,5 TEAL , 2 SHELDUCK , 1 BLACK T GODWIT . In gardens 2 CHIFFY & a m STONECHAT
Short visit to a very muddy South Milton Ley found 4 CHIFFY & 2 singing WILLOW WARBLER .
At 13.00 in my garden a CHIFFY - first since February.
News from James K watching from Hope Cove - a dp ARCTIC SKUA @ 07.45 , 5 SANDWICH TERN , 18 MANX SHEARWATER, 5 COMMON SCOTER , 9 KITTIWAKE , 1 GREAT N DIVER , 2 RED T DIVER
MON 2 APRIL
First big sea passage of the year today - overcast ,no rain after 09.00, S6/7 TILL 12.00 then SSW5 .Joined by Graham in the morning . First sea watch ( Bobs car park ) 08.45 - 11.00, 11.45 - 13.00 , afternoon 14.40-17.00 .
140 GANNET , 275 SANDWICH TERN -E movement all day , flocks of 20& 30 max , 9 COMMON TERN -E INC 1 flock of 5 (143 ) , 13 MANX SHEARWATER , COMMON SCOTER - 142 E ,this afternoon 85 on the sea , 11 KITTIWAKE -E , 1 1w MED GULL , 5 FULMAR , 2 PINTAIL -E , 1 GREAT N DIVER -E , 1 TURNSTONE , 1 GREAT C GREBE , 25 AUKS , 1 BONXIE -E (10.32 ) , 1DP ARCTIC SKUA -E (12.45 ) (144 )
Some more E winds forecast over the next 10 days -if today was good could get very good if the waders start passing through . The earliest ARCTIC SKUA , Large totals of SANDWICH TERN & COMMON SCOTER for this early in April
Water levels at South Huish Marsh increased significantly, never seen it this flooded in Spring before - only 10 TEAL , 2 SHELDUCK ,
1 BLACK T GODWIT , 1 WATER PIPIT . Late afternoon Alan D had a SWALLOW (145)
In Nicks garden - 1 WILLOW WARBLER , JAY
From Hope Cove James K had ( different to ours ) - 1 dp ARCTIC SUA -E , 5 PINTAIL -E &2 on sea , 1adMED GULL
SUN 1 APRIL
An overcast morning with heavy rain from 14.00, an increasing E
A 45 min Garden Watch from 07.40 produced 26 species inc -
1 CETTIS WARBLER ( 142 ) , 1M CIRL BUNTING , 2 F REED BUNTING , 1 PEREGRINE
Offshore the GREAT CRESTED GREBE , 1 RAZORBILLS , 2 GANNET .
On South Huish Marsh - 25 Teal , 2 SHELDUCK , 3 LITTLE EGRET ,
1 BLACK T GODWIT , 1 SNIPE 1 WHITE WAGTAIL
Still no Spring migrants
Late afternoon Alan had a 2w ICELAND GULL on S H Marsh