Sunday 7 October 2018

Orcombe 'Overheads' and 180 Pintail

I spent the first couple of hours of daylight (0705 - 0905) on Orcombe. Overhead stuff was tricky to count with birds flying east, against the majority heading west, and many flocks too high up to identify. I ended up with the following totals: c110+ Meadow Pipit, c100+ 'alba' Wagtail, 1 Redpoll, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Grey Wagtail, 9+ Chiffchaff, 1 Kestrel, 58+ Linnet, c35+ Chaffinch, 7 Reed Bunting, c40+ Skylark, 3 Greenfinch, 6 Swallow, 2 Raven, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 3+ Blackcap.
A high count of 180 Pintail was made off Mudbank, along with 52+ Black-tailed Godwit, 160+ Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 130+ Curlew, 1 Snipe, 5 Redshank, 92 Shelduck, 2 Greenshank, 1 Kingfisher and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit.
Possible Box Bug? Edit - Coreus marginatus or Dock Bug - thanks to Tim for the id.

It's an absolute joy to be able to watch Black-tailed Godwits off Mudbank at the moment. They are normally only occasional visitors to this end of the river but the feeding seems to be to their liking at the moment, and numbers have built to at least 52 birds this afternoon.


  1. Hi Matt, not Box Bug but Coreus marginatus - too broad in abdomen and pronotum sides not pointy enough.