Sunday 11 February 2018


A big flock of c1500+ Linnet opposite Woodbury Business Park. Well worth a look as they make quite a spectacle lining the power lines. A couple Brambling and a small number of Chaffinch in the area too.
Interestingly the Devon Bird Atlas states that during the survey period, the maximum flock sizes recorded were between 200 and 550, but in early February 2012, 1500 were near the Exe Estuary and in 2010, hard-weather  movement brought 2171 to the Exe. Whilst watching this flock today, small parties seemed to be frequently supplementing the flock. I'd love to get a handle on the precise numbers involved in this flock and I'd be very interested to hear if anybody else manages to count these brilliant little finches. Easy to see from the road. Not easy to count!

Please click on photos to get a better idea of the flock size.

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