Monday 23 March 2020

Eiders and Red Kite

Drake and female Eider off the Lifeboat Station - sat apart from four more birds early this morning.
Six Eider off the Lifeboat Station early this morning (three drakes). Otherwise most of today's stuff was from the back garden - 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Wigeon, my first Sandwich Tern of the year, 4 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Raven and, best of all, a Red Kite which flew east across the river before circling north, upriver at 1050. Also at least 5 Cattle Egret in with cattle behind Starcross.
On the 21st, off Mudbank, 85 Common Gull, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 7 Red-breasted Merganser and 41 Dark-bellied Brent Geese. Littleham stubble fields held a flock of at least 30 Linnet - a species that's been conspicuous by its absence in Exmouth this winter.
Two adult drakes and two females were sitting further out.

After two years without seeing a Little Grebe in Exmouth it was fantastic to see this very vocal adult on Bystock Pond this afternoon. I'm pretty sure I've not seen one here before.

Canada Goose - Orcombe Point.

Two Mediterranean Gulls, in breeding attire, off Mudbank a couple days ago.

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