Wednesday 10 April 2019


Streamer - Bristol Schools camp.
Disappointingly quiet on Orcombe today, following an uncharacteristically lively few days. Recorded were just 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 1 Meadow Pipit and 3 Wheatear.
Mudbank was better with my first Exmouth Black-tailed Godwits this year - a flock of 17 birds accompanying 3 Turnstone, 1 Redshank and 8 Whimbrel (also my first this year). Additionally - 2 Swallow, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Common Gull, 11 Little Egret and a flock of 11 hirundines that were more than likely Sand Martin, but just too distant to identify with certainty.
Lu and I walked the dog on the commons this afternoon. It was generally very quiet but an overhead flock of 15 Crossbill enlivened proceedings.

My first Black-tailed Godwits in Exmouth since the autumn,  when good numbers were regularly feeding off Mudbank.

One of eight Whimbrel off Mudbank this morning - my first this year. A terrible photo but it's nice to document the first returning birds. Whimbrel get way more numerous and easy to photograph off Mudbank as the spring progresses.

One of three Roe Deer seen on this afternoon's dog walk.

A rather pasty-looking male Stonechat on Colaton Raleigh Common this afternoon.

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