Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Mistle Thrush

A stroll on Orcombe, after work and between showers, produced Mistle Thrush, 1 Swallow and a Snipe. More than I was expecting to be honest.
The Yellow-legged Gull was on the skips, in the council depot behind the Imperial rugby ground and off Mudbank - 12+ Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 45 Pintail, 1 Teal, 17+ Bar-tailed Godwits, 9+ Black-tailed Godwits and c100 Dunlin alongside the usual numbers of Wigeon, Canada Geese and Brent Geese.

Monday, 18 October 2021

Resident YLG

The long-staying first-winter Yellow-legged Gull was off Mudbank and then on the Imperial rugby ground this evening. Below is a photo of what I'm pretty certain is the same bird that first turned up in Exmouth on August 18th of this year. Photo below taken on its second day - August 19th.

A wet evening with the following species seen off Mudbank - 65 Dunlin, 4 Redshank, c60 Turnstones, 1 Grey Plover, 2 Greenshank, 12+ Black-tailed Godwits, 14 Bar-tailed Godwits, 74+ Teal, 3 Mediterranean Gulls and the first-winter Yellow-legged Gull which relocated to the Imperial rugby ground. Also 180+ Starlings on rooves in the Camperdown terrace area.

Second-winter Lesser Black-backed Gull.

First-winter Great Black-backed Gull.

 Pied Wagtail.

Sunday, 17 October 2021

Overhead Stuff

Plenty of Woodpigeon movement this morning. All birds north-west as per usual. 

Much more moving this morning. Counts between 0720 and 1045 included 1500+ Woodpigeons, 12+ Stock Doves, c180 Jackdaws, 18+ Chaffinches, 10+ Siskins, 3 Swallows, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Bullfinch, 6 Reed Buntings, 1 Curlew, 14 Jays, 2+ Redpolls, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Rook, 65+ Pied Wagtails, 90+ Meadow Pipits, 1 Mistle Thrush and 6 Starlings. Also noted - 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 20 Blackbirds, 10 Song Thrushes, c60+ Linnets, 3 Stonechats, 27+ Goldfinches, 3 Turnstones, 4+ Chiffchaffs, 3 Goldcrests, 3 Red-legged Partridges and 20+ Skylarks.

Off Mudbank - 3 Greenshanks, 5+ Mediterranean Gulls, 14 Dunlins, 1 Kingfisher, 18+ Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits, 4 Redshank, 1 Turnstone, 70+ Shelducks and the usual high numbers of Brent Geese and Wigeon. In the scrub there - 2 or 3 Chiffchaffs and my first Firecrest of the autumn.

Jackdaws - c180 headed north-west this morning.

Female Chaffinch - Orcombe Point - an unusually confiding bird.

Mediterranean Gull - Mudbank - one of at least five this afternoon.

Saturday, 16 October 2021


Windless, grey and pretty foggy on Orcombe first thing. Thrushes featured with 11 Redwings, 11+ Song Thrushes and 22+ Blackbirds lurking in the hedges. Also noted - several Robins, 30+ Meadow Pipits, 13 Chiffchaffs, 32 Pied Wagtails, 40+ Linnets, 7+ Chaffinches, 3 Blackcaps, 2 Jays, 1 Siskin, 1 Grey Wagtail, 13 Goldfinches, 2 Goldcrests, 7 Starlings, 1 Golden Plover and 12 Skylarks.
Counts off Mudbank - 18 Bar-tailed Godwits, 23+ Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Turnstones, 51 Dunlin, 2 Greenshank, 7 Redshank, 1 Kingfisher, 82 Shelduck, 4 Sandwich Terns and at least 3 first-winter Mediterranean Gulls.

Black and Bar-tailed Godwits.

Bar-wit, Black-wit and Turnstone.

One of at least 4 Ring-necked Parakeets in Maer Valley today. This male at a nest hole.

Friday, 15 October 2021

Brambling, Skuas

I heard my first Redwing on this morning's walk to work and my first autumn Brambling flew over Orcombe Point on a brief post-work visit. 
A big surprise off Mudbank this afternoon was three Arctic Skuas flying downriver, no doubt pulled in by the large feeding flock of gulls off Starcross. I didn't get the best views but two were very dark and the third was a paler, browner juvenile-type. Also off Mudbank, as well as the usual stuff, at least 6 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 33 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Grey Plovers, 8 Redshank, 1 Turnstone, the Spotted Redshank and 8 Mediterranean Gulls.

Thursday, 14 October 2021


Loads of Mediterranean Gulls in Exmouth this evening but only one (crap) photo managed. Having only seen the odd singleton in the last few weeks it was a bit of a surprise to see 14 off Mudbank after work - 9 first-winters, 3 adults and a second-winter. A scan of the estuary, from the docks area, revealed large numbers of gulls feeding in the river with several more Meds present, though I didn't count them.
Also off Mudbank - 2 Greenshank, 13 Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Redshank and at least 7 Pale-bellied Brent Geese amongst large numbers of Dark-bellied Brent Geese and Wigeon.
Otherwise it's been a busy week at work but quiet bird-wise with at least 13 Pale-bellied Brent Geese off Mudbank yesterday and, on the 12th, a count of 800+ Dark-bellied Brent Geese - quite a sharp jump in numbers. 

Monday, 11 October 2021


Sadly way too high for a good photo but it's always good to see a Short-eared Owl in Exmouth - this one almost  stratospheric over Orcombe Point this afternoon.

After work on Orcombe, late this afternoon - Short-eared Owl, 3 Jays, 16+ Chiffchaffs, 1 Golden Plover, 6 Stonechats, 1 Goldcrest, 12 Starlings, c20+ Meadow Pipits, 2 Blackcaps and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. Small groups of Woodpigeon were moving north-west and with them a total of 12 Stock Doves. Below the point a gathering of c1000 Herring Gulls held a few Black-headed Gulls and a single adult Mediterranean Gull. A Clouded Yellow moved quickly through the top fields.
Off Mudbank - 70 Black-tailed Godwits and 6 Pale-bellied Brent Geese noted.

Ivy flowers.

 I still haven't managed a good photo of a Jay in Exmouth, or anywhere else for that matter.