Friday 21 October 2016

Quiet Week. Normal for October.


Wheatear - getting a bit late for these now.

My first Redwings of the autumn, of flock of at least 17 birds, flew north overhead as I walked to work on Monday morning. A flock of about 100 Linnets was on Orcombe Point the same evening. The following evening, 5 Stonechats were the only birds of note on Orcombe and yesterday a single Snipe, c60+ Meadow pipits and a Stock Dove were the only inclusions in my notebook. This evening the highlights were 2 Lapwings in the top fields, and a Wheatear.

Meadow Pipit - there are a few of these knocking around the top fields at the moment with at least 60 present on the 20th.

One of a flock of about half a dozen birds touring the Bristol Schools area at the moment.

At least one Kingfisher is seen regularly off Mudbank. It likes the partially submerged shopping trolley. The light has been too bad this week to see much else.


  1. The trolley pic is worthy of a London art gallery exhibition!

    1. Thanks Andrew. Like all my photos it's not at all sharp. A better camera is what I'm after. Haven't seen any blog posts from you for a long while. Have you been seeing much?

  2. Matt,
    This is purely for information. At long last 2 wardens have been appointed by the Exe Management Partnership and started work. Task - enforcement of estuary by-laws, education etc. At the moment with a smart new vehicle but are getting a patrol boat/craft. Co-ordinated by EDDC but working for all three authorities. They got a full blown example of the disturbance problem off Imp Rec when two young dogs entered the water and charged at the Brents; about 1000 wildfowl took to the air - quite a sight if it hadn't been for the cause.

    1. Thanks Rupert - that really is great news! Those birds are due some peace and quiet. I'll keep an eye out for them.
      See you soon. Matt