Very Strong winds and heavy rain battered Exmouth seafront today but the birding was disappointing.
Lots of quick checks around the river and seafront today, in a bid to stay dry and pick up some storm-blown species. No phalaropes, skuas or petrels but off Maer Rocks - 16+ Common Scoter, 1 Eider, 1 Scaup, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull, 4 Turnstone and an adult Little Gull. Otherwise just a few distant Gannet, a few auks and a diver sp that was probably Great Northern.
A few checks of the relatively sheltered 'Duck Pond', off the leisure centre, produced 1 first-winter Little Gull, 1 Great Northern Diver, 2 Mediterranean Gull, c15+ Turnstone, 4+ Bar-tailed Godwit, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 40+ Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 3+ Great Crested Grebe and 5 Redwing over.
A Firecrest was with at least 3 Goldcrest in sallows alongside the Maer long-stay carpark.
The Water Pipit was still on the dung heap on Thursday and a quick zoom around before dark revealed c10+ Song Thrush and 6+ Goldcrest. Yesterday a similarly-timed run-around produced 2 Snipe and a Reed Bunting.
Female-type Scaup (second from left) with three Common Scoter - my first in Exmouth this year.
Drake Eider - off Maer Rocks.
A first-winter Little Gull battles in to the wind across the Duck Pond.
Great Northern Diver - Duck Pond (off the leisure centre).
The Water Pipit was still on the dung heap on Thursday October 31st but I couldn't find it after work yesterday and I haven't checked the area today.
Firecrest - Maer long-stay Carpark.
Still at least 40 Pale-bellied Brent Geese in with the Dark-bellied birds.
One of two first-winter Mediterranean Gulls off the Leisure Centre.