Thursday 31 March 2016

Orcombe Mix

Pale-bellied Brent Goose - Maer Rocks.
An eclectic mix of birds on or just off Orcombe this morning in beautiful spring sunshine - 16 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 1 drake Gadwall (new for Orcombe patch list), 5 Sandwich Tern, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Turnstone, 9+ Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 12+ Meadow Pipit, 5 Wheatear, 1 Fieldfare (first I've seen in Exmouth this year), 1 Siskin and small numbers of Linnet, Goldfinch, Chaffinch and Greenfinch over. The fieldfare dropped out of the sky, landed in trees bordering the Bristol Schools Camp and then headed off high north. The Gadwall was on the sea just off the beach at Maer Rocks. I was hoping for a photo but it took off and headed towards the river mouth before I could even get the camera out of the boot.
Mudbank produced just 92 Turnstone and 1 Ringed Plover.
I've been a bit tied up the last couple of days - busy helping get the garden sorted and looking after the kids whilst Lu has been up in London. I did however manage to see a Greylag Goose heading downriver yesterday and on Tuesday I recorded a tight flock, of 25 Sandwich Tern over the river from the back garden. No Osprey as yet but surely any day now?

Chiffchaff - a small fall of these this morning, some in song but not this one.

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