Monday 31 August 2020


Female Tufted Duck with Wigeon. A train passed just as I'd started counting the ducks off Mudbank this morning. The majority flushed but I reckon I had 46 Wigeon and 9 Pintail amongst the Mallard and Canada Geese.
A dawn stroll around Orcombe revealed the following: 3+ Tree Pipit, 4 Meadow Pipit, 6 Wheatear, c30/40+ Yellow Wagtail, 16 Starling, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Stonechat, 11 House Martin, 2 Siskin, 2+ Ringed Plover, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Whitethroat, 5+ Chiffchaff and 28+ Swallow.
Mudbank wasn't as good as yesterday but a Kestrel flying low down the middle of the river this afternoon was odd. Also - 1 Wheatear, 8 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Ringed Plover, 46 Wigeon, 1 Tufted Duck and the autumn's first 9 Pintail.

Three of nine Pintail - Mudbank

Some nice pallid-looking Wheatear on Orcombe today.

Yellow Belle - Orcombe Point. Other insects noted today include Painted Lady, Common Blue, Red Admiral and Silver Y.

This lovely fresh-plumaged, juvenile Buzzard is often perched beside the slurry pit.

Common Darter - Mudbank

Lots of Sea Aster in bloom at Mudbank.

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