Saturday 13 October 2018

This Week

A very quick look at the sea 'pre-football' revealed the two Eider, 6 Sandwich Tern, 1 Common Scoter and a south-bound Great Northern Diver, but otherwise it was very poor.
Orcombe was blown out in the gale-force southerlies this afternoon, but I still managed to log 2 Stonechat, 2 Snipe, c100+ Linnet, 1 Blackcap and c50+ Meadow Pipit.
Off Mudbank there was a first-winter Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, c25+ Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Greenshank, 5+ Redshank, c10+ Great Crested Grebe and c450+ Dark-bellied Brent Goose.
Late yesterday afternoon a 'commic' tern was battling against the wind off Starcross and on the 11th - 52 Black-tailed Godwit, an adult Mediterranean Gull and a Sandwich Tern were off Mudbank, with 2 Mediterranean Gulls (adult and first-winter) on Warren View playing fields.
On the 10th two Pale-bellied Brent Geese were in with the dark-bellied birds off Mudbank, and 3 Song Thrushes dropped from high in the sky as I walked to work in the morning. 
At the start of the week my morning walk to work produced my first Redwing of the autumn.

First-winter Yellow-legged Gull - Mudbank

 Kingfisher - Mudbank

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