Sunday 28 October 2018

Slim Pickings

Fieldfare - Orcombe - my first of the autumn in Exmouth but sadly it wanted to hide before flying north. Very little else noted in a biting north-easterly this morning.

The family group of five Pale-bellied Brent Geese - Mudbank. A total of ten seen this morning - all well hidden amongst the Dark-bellied Flock.

Tufted Duck - one of a few notable (in Exmouth at least) wildfowl sightings off Mudbank this morning. The others were a drake Gadwall, 2 Shoveler and 4 Teal amongst hundreds of Wigeon and good numbers of Pintail. The Knot flock has increased to 14 birds and there are still good numbers of Black-tailed Godwit, Turnstone and Redshank though I didn't count them this morning.

Brambling - one of at least four birds in with a flock of c50+ Chaffinch feeding on beech masts around Woodbury Fort late this afternoon. With large numbers of Brambling to the east of us it's likely that the flock size will increase though whether or not it reaches the large numbers seen last autumn remains to be seen....

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