Saturday 22 August 2020


Osprey - Mudbank - the second of what was surely 2 birds on the Exe this afternoon.
At least one, almost certainly two, Osprey off Mudbank this afternoon. The first caught a fish at 1335 and flew in to Powderham Park. The second was fishing the river just half an hour later at 1410. Otherwise off there today - 1 Greenshank, 1 Redshank, 21+ Whimbrel, 1 Knot, 4 Wigeon, 1 Snipe, 5 Turnstone, 5 Raven, 1 Kestrel, 13 House Martin, 35 Mute Swan, 61 Canada Goose and 1 Snow Goose. Earlier, off Maer Rocks - 1 Common Sandpiper and 2 Sandwich Tern.
Yesterday off Mudbank - 22 Whimbrel, 4 Knot, 3 Turnstone, 3+ Wigeon, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Sandwich Tern, 6 Teal, 3 Wigeon and 1 Redshank.
Orcombe Point - yesterday afternoon - 2 Wheatear, 10 Lesser Black-backed Gull and 4 Common Scoter.
20/8 - Mudbank - 8 Grey Plover, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Sandwich Tern and a Kestrel.
19/8 - Mudbank - 45 Mute Swan, 2 juvenile Greenshank, 22 Teal, 3 Common Tern, 4 Sandwich Tern and a Mediterranean Gull.

Mediterranean Gulls - Mudbank 18/8.

Part of the 45-strong Mute Swan flock off Mudbank on 19/8 - no sign of any juveniles.

Juvenile Shelduck.

The Snow Goose was with Canada Geese off Mudbank this morning. The first time I've seen it in Exmouth.

Juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull - Mudbank. There's been a noticeable increase in Lesser Black-backs over the last few days - mostly adults but reasonable numbers of juveniles too.


  1. Hi Matt
    Bill Bailey here! There is a group of crows living around Camperdown Creek (The Gut). One of them quacks like a duck rather than caws like a corvid. Have I mis-identified?

    1. Hi Bill - a lovely surprise to hear from you and I feel honoured that you've visited me blog! I suspect the crow is just an odd-calling Carrion Crow - I've come across them occasionally. Jackdaws, Rooks and Ravens all sound different to Carrion Crows so it could be one of those but you've probably ruled them out. I'll keep an eye out for it next time I'm down your way. Hopefully see you soon. Matt