Sunday 30 August 2020

Curlew Sand

My first Meadow Pipit of the autumn obligingly fed in the road on Orcombe Point. A Tree Pipit was flushed from a field very close-by.
Orcombe Point today - 9+ Wheatear, 1 Whitethroat, 1 Meadow Pipit, 1 Tree Pipit, 6+ Chiffchaff, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, c30/40+ Yellow Wagtail, c20+ Swallow, small numbers of House Martin and a Swift.
The stand-out highlight from a couple looks off Mudbank was a juvenile Curlew Sandpiper but I also recorded 5 Dunlin, 3 Greenshank, 8 Redshank, 3 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Turnstone, 5 Whimbrel, c20+ Sandwich Tern, 1 Kingfisher, 1+ Yellow Wagtail and 34 Wigeon - a leap up from yesterday's eleven.

If only the light had been behind me! One of an estimated 30-40+ Yellow Wagtails present along Gore Lane today, attracting quite a few visitors.

Today's star bird was this juvenile Curlew Sandpiper - present for some time this afternoon off Mudbank and my first in Exmouth since September 2016.
An increase in Sandwich Tern numbers off Mudbank today, but I couldn't get an accurate count with the highest numbers present late evening, looking right in to the light. Probably 20+ birds.

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