Sunday 18 November 2018

Overhead Stuff

A beautiful dawn on Orcombe Point with a stiff easterly that forced many birds to re-think their east-bound flight path and swing back inland. Counts this morning included 1 Mistle Thrush, 3 Song Thrush, 5+ Goldcrest, 135+ Chaffinch, 4 Blackbird, 1 Firecrest (first of the autumn), 2+ Redwing, c20/30+ Meadow Pipit, 50+ Goldfinch, 4 Pied Wagtail, c70/80+ Skylark, c500+ Woodpigeon, 16+ Starling, 3+ Brambling, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Siskin, 2 Snipe, 3 Lapwing, 8 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and another Cirl Bunting. At least 7 Purple Sandpipers were on Maer Rocks.
Selected counts off Mudbank included 1 Mediterranean Gull, 18 Ringed Plover, 2 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Greenshank, 8+ Teal, c80+ Dunlin, c70+ Redshank, 9+ Great Crested Grebe, 4 Goldeneye, c40+ Black-tailed Godwit, 1 Kestrel and 6+ Red-breasted Merganser.

Stock Doves

Looking down on the Geoneedle, which is right on the tip of Orcombe Point. This morning birds were flying up the hill towards me and then hitting a strong easterly which forced many back north before presumably re-orientating east.

One of seven Purple Sandpipers on Maer Rocks

Greenshank - one of two that have been seen regularly off Mudbank.

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