Tuesday 24 September 2019

Another Garganey

Unpleasant birding conditions the last couple of days with the highlight being another Garganey off Mudbank - this time a drake, with nice light grey forewing patches, standing out amongst the 35 Teal present. Also a high count of 69 Mute Swan, 190 Brent Geese (with Pale-bellied birds still present), good numbers of Wigeon and Pintail, and 3 Greenshank.
Yesterday, despite howling wind and heavy rain, a late afternoon look at Orcombe produced 1 Sand Martin, c30+ Meadow Pipit and 2 Yellow Wagtails moving between cattle herds.

The Pintail are showing well off Mudbank at the moment.

Only one Mediterranean Gull off Mudbank today.

Three juveniles amongst the 69-strong Mute Swan flock today.


  1. Though now a common bird, that is a really lovely portrait of a Little Egret. Also like the Pintail-unusual to get an eclipse image which is still attractive. Certainly been grotty weather last couple of days, but we badly need the rain here in the south-east.

  2. Thank you Neil. Yep rain appreciated here too and yes - most drake Pintail looking a bit odd. The ducks get close in off Mudbank but the railway still scuppers really nice photos. Thanks again. Matt