Sunday 8 January 2017

Weekend Stuff

Stonechat - Orcombe Point
First thing this morning there was a female-type Long-tailed Duck off the seafront. It looked restless, flying around, ditching down and then flying off again. There were at least 100 Brent Geese off Maer Rocks and the sallows below Foxholes held a male Blackcap, a Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest.
The two wintering Firecrests were quickly located in their usual spot behind the cricket club and at least one Goldcrest was close by.
I checked the 'Gut' and found the Black Redstart still present along with the two regular Meadow Pipits.
I couldn't find the Scaup off Mudbank today though it was still present on Friday evening. The only things of note were 3 female Goldeneye, 14 Great Crested Grebes, 6+ Sanderling and a Ringed Plover along with the usual stuff.
Finally there were 8 Purple Sandpipers on Maer Rocks late on Friday afternoon.
This is the small inlet known as the 'Gut'. Not a nice name but a lovely little area that's currently home to a wintering Black Redstart. It lies between the Imperial recreation ground and Shelly Beach. The wooden construction is the River Exe café that's normally moored out on the river during the summer months - a great place to enjoy fish 'n' chips.

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