Friday 14 August 2015


An absolutely foul morning with torrential rain throughout. We're not blessed with hides in Exmouth so I got soaked. Some Lesser Black-backed Gull movement evident today with 5 by the Lifeboat station where there are normally none. Just c10+ Common Tern offshore there this morning.
The estuary off Mudbank/Imperial was the best place again with 16+ Bar-tailed Godwit, 8 Grey Plover and 5 Greenshank new in. There were stacks of smaller waders again present but the heavy rain and long distances involved meant I couldn't give them the scrutiny they deserved. A single juvenile Black Tern was present, presumably one of yesterday's birds. Other species seen included c15+ Common Tern, several Sandwich Tern, 5+ Mediterranean Gull, 2 Redshank, 15+ Whimbrel and 3 Turnstone.
On Orcombe this afternoon, a flying visit produced good numbers of low-flying Swallow with a few House Martin and Sand Martin thrown in, as well as a few Swifts.
Ten Little Tern watched this evening from my son's bedroom window, waiting for the White-winged Black Tern to fly downriver!

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