Wednesday 29 January 2014

Still Quiet in Exmouth

I managed a quick trip down to the river this afternoon after work. Best birds were 10 goldeneye off the Leisure Centre, comprising 3 drakes and 7 females. The numbers appear to be creeping up. At the end of last year and during the early part of this year the best I could manage was just four females. The oystercatcher below is a ringed individual but I couldn't read any details. Also present two peregrine, c20+ linnet, 40+ red-breasted merganser, 2 great crested grebe and a tonne of gulls too far upriver to go through. Off the lifeboat station still two eider, 1 razorbill and 1 red-throated diver.

ringed oystercatcher

2nd winter herring gull

black-headed gull

view from Shelly Beach earlier in the week - bad light for gulls

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