Wednesday 17 February 2016

Pale-bellied Brents

Avocets off Lympstone.

On Sunday I dared to venture just outside the Exmouth boundary. A look through several hundred Black-headed and Common Gulls off Lympstone failed to reveal anything unusual but I was delighted to see 48 Avocet, 80+ Bar-tailed Godwit, c1000+ Dunlin and 2 Goldeneye.

I did a sea-watch  from the raised beach huts for about an hour from 0730 this morning. The southerly wind and rain seems to have got a bit of stuff moving after a very 'sluggish' few weeks. There were a few seabirds moving south including at least 7 Red-throated Divers, 3 diver sp, 3 Fulmar, c70+ auk sp and 9 Common Scoter. Also off there - 6+ Purple Sandpipers and 25 Dark-bellied Brent Geese on Maer Rocks. Off Mudbank this evening, and adding to the sense that a bit more was happening, there were 4 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Greenshank, 10 Knot, 26+ Grey Plover, 16 Wigeon, 1 Mediterranean Gull and 1 Goldeneye.
On Monday there was a Blackcap in gardens across the road from the Shell garage.

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