Thursday 26 October 2017

Late Whinchat and Hawfinches

A late juvenile Whinchat on Orcombe today - note the missing central tail feathers.

Another very enjoyable day's birding locally. I did Orcombe from 0740 - 0950 and then again briefly early afternoon. Totals included 1 Coal Tit, 8+ Goldcrest, 1+ Bullfinch, 3 Redwing, c25+ Chaffinch, c80+ Meadow Pipit, c50+ Goldfinch, c40+ Pied Wagtail, c700+ Woodpigeon, 2 Brambling, 2 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 5+ Song Thrush, 45+ Skylark, 1 Whinchat, 2+ Siskin, 1 Stonechat, 1+ Stock Dove, 1 Chiffchaff, 1 Mistle Thrush and the Ring-necked Parakeet that was bombing around over Gore Lane.
A lightening quick look off Mudbank produced the Black Brant and a Pale-bellied Brent Goose with c1000+ Dark-bellied Brent Goose.
This afternoon I decided to try Woodbury Fort for Hawfinch, but to be honest I didn't really expect to be successful, despite the large numbers around nationally. I scanned through the decent numbers of Chaffinch that were moving around the tops of the Beech trees, and after just a few minutes picked up a single Hawfinch. I tracked it into some trees on the far side of the fort and was pleased to find at least two others with it. Amazing birds. I estimate c10+ Brambling up there too so well worth a look.

Lapwings are quite scarce in Exmouth so these two over Orcombe this morning were most welcome.

Brambling. At least 10 birds present in Woodbury Fort late this afternoon.

Hawfinch - one of at least 3 birds present, feeding on Beech masts within the Fort boundaries.

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