Friday 10 April 2020

Pale-bellied Brents and House Martin

A flock of c45 Pale-bellied Brent Geese flew upriver over the high tide this morning (0915). At least 1 Dark-bellied bird was in with them.
I saw my first House Martin of the spring from the back garden this morning. Also 1+ Willow Warbler, 1 Canada Goose, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Wheatear, 45+ Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 1+ Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 4+ Black-headed Gull, 4+ Common Gull, 1+ Linnet, 1+ Rook, 1 Peregrine, 4 Swallow, 1+ Meadow Pipit, 1 Red Kite (west across the river at 1038), 8 Shelduck and 29+ Sandwich Tern.

A male Wheatear sat on the playing fields behind our house this morning. For about half an hour it barely moved and then it perked up and started feeding more actively for another hour or so.



  1. Love that evocative shot of the geese. Been a great week for butterflies with all the sunshine

    Did see my first male Wheatear about 3 days ago locally & a Swallow over the front garden yesterday-otherwise slow for migrants but been good for local raptors- 5 species.

  2. Hi Neil - many thanks - Pale-bellied Brents are a regular fixture on the Exe at this time of year. Sounds like the migrants are trickling through. We never do very well on the coast when conditions are fine - they fly straight over. Good you're getting the raptors. Bet you're hoping for a White-tailed Eagle! All the best. Matt