Saturday 11 October 2014

Orcombe Stuff

Some magnificent cloud formations this morning.

Derek, Nick and I birded the usual spots this morning and another sortie was made late this afternoon. There were plenty of birds around but nothing too out of the ordinary. Totals included 6+ chiffchaff, 5+ grey wagtail, c30+ chaffinch, 3+ song thrush, several 'alba' wagtail and meadow pipit, c40/50+ skylark, 6+ stock dove, 4+ siskin, 1 yellowhammer, 4+ swallow, c20+ hirundine (flock inc a few house martin), 2+ jay, 1 kestrel, 26+ starling, several linnet, goldfinch and greenfinch, 4+ stonechat and 2 brent goose.
Mudbank at high tide produced 2 grey wagtail, 1 wheatear, 5+ meadow pipit, 2 sandwich tern and 2 female tufted duck among good numbers of wigeon, pintail and dark-bellied brent goose. Also 5 black-tailed godwit and a clouded yellow.
Also of note, just after I'd walked out the front, door on my way to work yesterday morning, a flock of 40 raven flew over heading south. I'm guessing last week's 34 plus six more??

A Reed Bunting's eye view of Exmouth beach and Warren Point.

Reed Bunting

Above and below - Stonechats - Dung Field.

Many of the drake Pintail are starting to look really smart now.

Good numbers of wildfowl off Mudbank when the disturbance is low. Sadly the disturbance is rarely low!

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