Tuesday 7 May 2019


One of ten Bar-tailed Godwits off Mudbank early this morning.
A small increase in wader numbers today (at least in terms of variety) with 3 Ringed Plover off Mudbank (my first in Exmouth this year believe it or not) joined by 13 Dunlin, 13+ Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank and 10 Bar-tailed Godwit. Also 50+ Black-headed Gull and a Common Gull off there. Yesterday there were 7 Brent Geese. I think 6 were pale-bellied and 1 was Dark-bellied but the distance and shimmering light made it really hard to be sure. A Siskin whizzing around overhead was a little more straightforward.
Orcombe today produced just 6 Swallow, 1 House Martin and 2 or 3 Wheatear but a look off Maer Rocks revealed 1 Whimbrel, the drake Common Scoter, Red-throated Diver, Eider, 30+ Sandwich Tern and 2 Common Tern.
Yesterday on Orcombe migrants included 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 3 Wheatear, 1 Swift, 2 Meadow Pipit, 4+ Willow Warbler and an east-bound flock of 22 Black-headed Gulls.


The Red-throated Diver again showed brilliantly off the seafront. The drake Common Scoter and female Eider still off there too.

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