Friday, 24 March 2017


I had a very brief look off Maer Rocks at first light this morning. Along with a handful of Turnstones there was a single Purple Sandpiper present and an adult Mediterranean Gull dropped in briefly before heading towards the mouth of the river.
Later this afternoon after work, following a tip-off from Terry, I nipped up to Orcombe Point. There was a minimum of 8 Wheatears present (but perhaps up to 15) with birds moving between the orchid field, next to the Geoneedle, and the Bristol Schools field. Not a lot else up there on a brief visit but at least 8 Chiffchaff recorded and c30+ Linnet.
The Imperial/Mudbank end of the estuary produced the Long-tailed Duck, 16 Sanderling, 2 Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 3 Grey Plover and another Wheatear.

The view this evening from Exmouth Quay, looking across to Cockwood, with Bull Hill exposed as the tide drops.

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