Saturday, 24 October 2020
Friday, 23 October 2020
At least one, possibly two Short-eared Owls on Orcombe today.
Counts today included 1 Short-eared Owl, 2 Brambling, 1 Fieldfare, 1 Snipe, 7 Stonechat, 3 Redpoll, 1 Swallow, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Mallard, 35+ Skylark, 4 Goldcrest, 4 Coal Tit, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 17 Curlew, 1+ Jay, 6 Starling, 90+ Chaffinch, c30/40+ Pied Wagtail, 5 Blackbird, 7 Song Thrush, 4+ Siskin, 3 Grey Wagtail and numbers of Goldfinch and Meadow Pipit.
Coal Tit - Orcombe Point.
Mediterranean Gulls on the Imperial rugby pitch - Tuesday.
Chiffchaff - Orcombe Point.
Saturday, 17 October 2020
Friday, 16 October 2020
Tuesday, 13 October 2020
Reed Bunting - Orcombe Point.
A quick whiz round Orcombe, pre-work, produced a juvenile female Merlin, 3 Reed Bunting, 1 Snipe, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Redwing, 9 Chaffinch, 20+ Goldfinch, 2 Redpoll, 5 Goldcrest, 3 Siskin, 9+ Chiffchaff, 45+ Pied Wagtail, 1 Blackcap, 5 Stonechat and 1 Coal Tit. Plenty of Meadow Pipits too but I didn't count them.
Sandwich Tern - Mudbank. Pintail below.
Monday, 12 October 2020
Moody in Exmouth this evening. Cruise ships still moored up in the bay.
This Whinchat was with four Stonechat this evening - a new bird in and paler than the last one. Getting late for them now.
Odd to see Hawthorn flowering and fruiting at the same time, just like the Blackthorn I photographed the other day.
The Snow Goose was the closest it's been off Mudbank this evening, but not even the passing train would persuade it to raise its head.
Sunday, 11 October 2020
A Mistle Thrush pauses in cliff-top bushes at dawn, before heading inland. A morning of clear skies, brief showers and a gentle north-westerly.
Quite good on Orcombe today - the highlight being a Lapland Bunting that flew low west at 0854. It gave the repeated 't t tuk tu' and was flying alongside what I assume was another Lap, but I can't be sure as only one bird called. Also today - Merlin, Firecrest, 15 Coal Tit (including a flock of 8 that 'exploded' out of the water treatment works), 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 65+ Pied Wagtail, 2 Reed Bunting, 45+ Goldfinch, 80+ Linnet, 15+ Siskin, 65+ Chaffinch, 10+ Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtail, 4+ Goldcrest, 6 Swallow, 1 Starling, 2 Jay, 4 Stonechat, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Kestrel and 1 Stock Dove, along with several Meadow Pipits and Jackdaws. Numbers of Robin and Dunnock also appear to have increased.