Tuesday 1 January 2019

Exmouth - New Year's Day

Eighty species without leaving Exmouth today. Only one Purple Sandpiper on Maer Rocks is perhaps a sign that they're falling out of favour with this site. I've struggled to see them at all on there for the last month. I logged four Red-throated Divers offshore but little else.
The three Cirl Buntings were sat on the dung heap this morning and nearby the long-staying female Ring-necked Parakeet was in her favourite area behind Maer Farm. Good to see Martin there.
Shelly Beach was quite productive with the male Black Redstart in his favoured 'Leeward Court' and 2 Eider viewable towards Starcross, along with the Slavonian Grebe. A Peregrine was sat on the mudflats.
Mudbank wasn't great but two drake Tufted Duck were noteworthy. Other species included adult Mediterranean Gull, female-type Goldeneye, 1 Greenshank, 1 Teal, 24 Pintail, 23 Great Crested Grebe and 75+ Common Gull.

Exmouth Beach from Orcombe Point. It's fair to say Exmouth was heaving today. Masses of people out walking that never normally go out. Nice new Christmas shoes getting dirty.

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