Saturday 25 April 2015


All of the 3+ Wheatears seen today seemed large and quite richly coloured, presumably all Greenland types?

I did Orcombe Point with Derek this morning. It was quite quiet but the most notable birds were on Maer Rocks first light - a small party of waders consisting of 1 purple sandpiper (my first spring record in Exmouth), 3+ dunlin, 1 sanderling and a single turnstone. Also there c20+ sandwich tern, 1 dark-bellied brent goose and a grey heron.
The usual circuit on Orcombe Point produced 6 shelduck, 8 singing chiffchaff, 10 singing whitethroat, 5+ blackcap, 2 willow warbler, 1+ meadow pipit and 2+ wheatear.
A couple looks at the estuary, off the Imperial and Mudbank, produced a smart male wheatear, 8+ bar-tailed godwit, 23+ whimbrel, c65+ dunlin, 30+ sandwich tern, 3 little tern, 4 common gull, 1 great crested grebe, 2 red-breasted merganser and 3 pale-bellied brent geese, presumably the same 3 brents that Paul Gosling and I had seen earlier,  heading upriver off Lympstone, whilst watching our sons play football.

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