Saturday 9 November 2019


Orcombe Point at dawn this morning - feels very wintery at the moment.
Maer Rocks this morning - 1 Red-throated Diver, 9 Turnstone and my first Purple Sandpiper of the autumn.
Good numbers of waders off Mudbank at the moment with c150/200+ Dunlin, 90+ Redshank, 8 Grey Plover, 5 or 6 Knot, 80+ Turnstone, 1 Greenshank and a few Curlew. Also my first Goldeneye of the autumn and 9+ Red-breasted Merganser, along with the usual flocks of Wigeon, Pintail, Mallard and Brent Geese.

A bit of a free-for-all in the Duck Pond this afternoon with kite-surfers and wind-surfers taking advantage of the lack of wardens and ploughing into the restricted area (right of the yellow buoys). Not too surprising to see everything panicked and flushed.

Late yesterday afternoon on Orcombe - 2 Stonechat, 2 Snipe and 4 Song Thrush logged on a quick whiz-round.


  1. I reported your concerns to the Estuary Rangers Matt this is Amelia reply “I’ve seen 😔 we will be there on Saturday trying to talk to people before they enter the water. Unfortunately it’s been perfect weather for wind sports which has fallen on the two weekends that I haven’t been working. It’s very frustrating” any problems tweet South East Wildlife she needs to know about disturbance

  2. Thanks Derek - much appreciated. Hopefully see you soon.