.......but not for birds. Work has typically gone nuts, the days have grown shorter and yesterday was Maisie's thirteenth birthday. Thankfully it all passed off smoothly, with no badly timed phone calls or texts alerting me to something rare, though the noise and mess created by 5 teenage girls having a sleepover party last night has inevitably taken its toll on my stress levels.
The only birds of note during the week was a flock of 195+ Turnstone off Mudbank.
This morning, a short sea-watch from the Beach Huts with Nick produced 5+ Great Northern Diver, 13+ Common Scoter,1 Red-breasted Merganser and 1 Mediterranean Gull. A very quick look at the Top Fields revealed a Jay and some migrating Woodpigeons - c3/400+ soon after we'd got out of the car, but that was probably the tail end of it because no more went through while we were there.
This afternoon I was able to look through some gulls on the Otter. I figured there was a good chance of Caspian Gull, but had to make do with c20/30+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls, an adult Mediterranean Gull and an adult Yellow-legged Gull.
Redwings - several small parties of Redwing have been flying over the house this week. A few Fieldfare have been moving too.
Adult and juvenile Brent Geese off the Imperial.
Woodpigeons - one of 3 smallish flocks this morning - Orcombe Point. I'm really disappointed not to have witnessed the big movements this year. It's one of the highlights of the Exmouth birding calendar.
Mallards - Mudbank.
Adult Yellow-legged Gull.