Sunday 28 April 2019

Red-throated Diver

It's  exceedingly rare that Red-throated Divers are less than about half a mile offshore in Exmouth, so to have this adult winter-plumaged individual loafing just a few yards off Maer Rocks was an absolute joy. The drake Common Scoter also performed well just a couple hundred yards along the beach.
Not a lot doing this morning but a cessation  in the wind at least made it more pleasant to be out. Orcombe/Maer Rocks produced just 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, the drake Common Scoter, 1 Little Egret, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Turnstone, 5 Sandwich Tern and 14 Whimbrel.
Off Mudbank - 4 Pale-bellied Brent Goose (present for their second day), 35 Whimbrel, 3+ Bar-tailed Godwit, 10 Dunlin and 1 Sandwich Tern. Nearby - a flock of 80+ Starling on Warren View playing fields.

Pale-bellied Brent Geese facing into a blasting north-westerly off Mudbank yesterday. They are still present today.

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