Saturday, 2 January 2016

Black-necked Grebes

After the storm - the atmospheric view from the raised beach huts at dawn this morning.
The good run of Exmouth birding continues. Nick and I had 4 Great Northern Divers just off the beach from Maer Rocks this morning and a Whimbrel flew past, heading towards the river mouth. Off Mudbank we had 2 adult Little Gulls, an adult Mediterranean Gull, 2 Goldeneye, c20+ Dark-bellied Brent Geese and a drake Pintail. The Mediterranean Gull has been commuting all day between Mudbank and Warren View playing fields.
This afternoon I was pleased to discover 2 Black-necked Grebes off Shelly Beach - a very scarce bird in Exmouth and the first I've seen for a long time. Nearby one of the Black Redstarts was on apartment rooftops and 1 or 2 Rock Pipits were knocking around. A single adult Little Gull was present late afternoon between Cockwood and Starcross, so pretty distant. At least 3 Purple Sandpipers were on Maer Rocks just before dark and an impressive gathering of c2000+ Herring Gulls formed a feeding frenzy on offshore sandbars, doubtless attracted by food stirred up from the recent storms.

Mediterranean Gull - Warren View

Turnstone - Leisure Centre

House Sparrow - Imperial recreation ground.

Shag - Shelly Beach

Black-necked Grebes - Shelly Beach late afternoon.

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