Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Godwits and Nightjars

One Dark and five Pale-bellied Brent Geese - Mudbank - there are ten birds in total lingering off Mudbank at the moment - six pale and four dark. It has been surprisingly challenging to establish the exact make-up of the group as they're normally a long way off in the middle of the river. In fact it's not easy when they're relatively close either!
A pre-work look at Orcombe this morning produced single Spotted Flycatcher and Reed Warbler - the latter in full song.
Off Mudbank - 10 Brent Geese, 5 Sandwich Tern, 3 Whimbrel, 12 Curlew, 6 Dunlin, 2 Sanderling, 5 Bar-tailed Godwit and 1 Black-tailed Godwit. The roosting Oystercatcher flock totalled 180 birds.
Yesterday off there - 10 Brent Geese, 1 fs Mediterranean Gull, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Great Crested Grebe and 2 Sand Martin.

I don't think I can ever remember seeing the two Godwit species side by side in Exmouth. Here a Black-tailed is flanked by two Bar-tailed.

Bar-tailed Godwit

Three Bars and the Black-tail.

Meadow Pipit - Blackhill Quarry.

At least two singing male Yellowhammers on Exmouth heathland this evening. Also at least 2 churring Nightjars, Peregrine and Little Egret. Elsewhere on the commons - 2 hunting Hobby and at least 2 Dartford Warblers this evening.

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