Wednesday, 14 September 2016


About 15 Wheatears on Orcombe this evening. They all looked large, leggy and richly-coloured to me - presumably 'North-western' or 'Greenland' types. Additionally there was a flock of c60/70+ Meadow Pipits, 1 Whitethroat and 6+ Chiffchaffs. The cricket pitch held 6 White Wagtails and a single Wheatear. Again the White Wags fed in a separate group to the Pieds.
The only birds noted off Mudbank were the 14-strong flock of Pale-bellied Brent Geese and a single Dark-bellied bird.
After dropping Joel at football I decided to have a quick look at Woodbury Common. There were a fair few Meadow Pipits up there and hirundines were passing over, but the highlight came at 625pm when an Osprey drifted in from the east and flew low, along the edge of the common. At one stage it looked like it was going to land in a strip of pines but it continued west and out of sight, presumably Exe-bound.

Presumed adult winter male White Wagtail.

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