Sunday 4 March 2018

Black Red, Sandwich Tern and Golden Plover Rescue

Fieldfare. Smaller numbers of winter thrushes, but significant numbers none the less, remained in Exmouth today. Perhaps most notable was a count of 10 Song Thrush together on Warren View playing fields, at the back of our house, late this afternoon.
Nick and I covered a few sites this morning. Off Maer Rocks at first light - 2 immature drake Eider, 2 Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-throated Diver and a Fulmar were logged on a brief watch.
The cricket pitch produced 13 Golden Plover and 28 Lapwing, and on the Imperial Rugby pitches and adjoining recreational area - 80+ Lapwing, 1 Ruff (0650 only), 21+ Golden Plover, 1 Mistle Thrush, c40+ Dark-bellied Brent Goose and small numbers of both Redwing and Fieldfare. On the river - a Sandwich Tern and 6 Goldeneye.
Other sightings whilst out and about today included a Knot and 11+ Bar-tailed Godwit off Mudbank, an adult Mediterranean Gull along the seafront and the Black Redstart and a Kestrel on Orcombe Point.
Late this afternoon at least 10 Song Thrush were with a handful of Redwing on Warren View playing field and a Blackcap was in the garden.

Exmouth seafront

Different shades of Lesser Black-backed Gull with a possible intermedius on the right.

An early Sandwich Tern heading down river off the Imperial early this morning. Click on image to enlarge.

Great Crested Grebes off the Imperial recreation ground.

Nick and I rescued this Golden Plover that had crashed into the low wire fence that surrounds the cricket pitch. What appeared to be a minor cut on the wing didn't prevent it from flying off strongly. I couldn't believe how light and small it felt in my hands - a timely reminder of how delicate and vulnerable these birds are. Thank you to Nick for the use of this photo.

Derek's Black Redstart - Orcombe Point - viewed from the beach. This is the first one I've seen in Exmouth this winter.

Kestrel - Orcombe Point

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