Sunday 17 November 2019

Thrushes and Cetti's Warbler

Kestrel - Orcombe Point.

Still very little going on but a few more thrushes around today with 18 Fieldfare and a Redwing dropping in to gardens opposite our house this morning.
Blackbirds seemed conspicuous on Orcombe Point with 20+ recorded, along with at least 6 Song Thrushes. Otherwise just 20+ Chaffinch, 3 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest and a handful of Meadow Pipits noted, with 4 Common Scoter offshore.
Just before dark this evening I discovered a Cetti's Warbler in the small West Lodge reedbed. I think I'm right in saying that it's my first in Exmouth since the cold snap of winter 2010/11.

November Moth agg.

Greenshank - Mudbank.


  1. Lovely shot of the Pintail. Unusual to see one vocalising. Not sure I've ever heard a Pintail, though I only see a few down here with Rainham Marshes + to a lesser extent the London Wetland Centre. Otherwise very scarce in the London area.

  2. Hi Neil - lucky to have good numbers here - 200 plus at times and they can be really close, beneath the railway line. Call sometimes heard is a hoarse 3-note 'keh keh keeeh' but it's not obvious above the general cacophony of Wigeon and other wildfowl noise. Didn't hear this male - it may have just been exercising its beak! Good to hear from you as always. Matt