Sunday 5 October 2014


Robin - still good numbers around at the moment.

Nick and I covered Orcombe this morning. I guess, for October, it was pretty underwhelming but a flock of 34 raven high west was unusual and they were a precursor to a noticeable movement of corvids that included c50+ jackdaw. Other species included 2+ grey wagtail, 3+ goldcrest, 6+ chiffchaff, 1 sandwich tern, 1 little egret, a light passage of meadow pipit, several 'alba' wagtail, c15+ chaffinch, several goldfinch, 2+ reed bunting, 3 turnstone, 1 stonechat, 1+ siskin, 3 high-flying song thrush, c50+ swallow, 1 house martin, c20/30+ skylark, 15+ starling, 1 great spotted woodpecker, 1 kestrel, and 1+ yellowhammer

Meadow Pipit - a light passage this morning but few grounded birds.

Yellowhammer - a pretty scarce species on Orcombe. I usually get at least one autumn record a year but they rarely land and, believe it or not, this is the first I've photographed on Orcombe.

Two arriving Brent Geese, heading towards the Exe.

Jackdaws heading west.

Grey Herons - 11 of at least 21 birds.

Mudbank - early afternoon - 2 raven, 350+ brent goose, 21 grey heron, 80+ canada goose, 60+ little egret, 4 redshank, 3+ black-tailed godwit, 1+ goldcrest, 1 great spotted woodpecker, 1 greenshank, 1 mediterranean gull, 1 grey wagtail, 11+ shelduck, 140+ pintail, 1 grey plover, several wigeon, 1 teal and 1 shoveler.

Pintail - 3 of 140+ present.

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