Blackcap - Manor Gardens. Another male was nearby, along Madeira Walk.
Pleased to find my first Thorn-apple plant this afternoon, alongside the estuary.
Black Redstart - Shelly Beach.
Sunrise from Maer Rocks this morning.
Off Mudbank this afternoon - 4 Shoveler, 9 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Peregrine, 15 Ringed Plover, 3 Grey Plover and at least 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose amongst the usual fare.
Earlier - 2 Firecrest, 2 Ring-necked Parakeet, 6 Redwing and a Chiffchaff in Maer Valley. Nearby, 3 Ring-necked Parakeet in the Maer Long-stay carpark and a female-type Black Redstart on the roof of the United Reformed church (Exeter Road).
On Thursday the drake Eider was off Mudbank.
I picked this Teal out, in near darkness, after work this evening, but what jumped out at me was the near-vertical white flank stripe! Sadly it's not quite in the right place for Green-winged Teal, but it's close! Other features, most notably the lateral white scapular stripe, confirm it's just a Teal. A small white mark is present on its left-hand side.
Four of at least seventeen Great Crested Grebes off Mudbank this afternoon.
Off the seafront today - 2 Red-throated Divers, 1 Great Northern Diver and the drake Eider. On Maer Rocks - 7 Purple Sandpipers, 7+ Turnstones, and 17 Dark-bellied Brent Geese. Nearby, in the Maer Long-stay carpark - 5 Ring-necked Parakeets.
Shelly Beach area - Slavonian Grebe and 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (off Cockwood), male and female-type Black Redstart plus a flock of c40 Black-tailed Godwit flying upriver.
Mudbank/Leisure Centre - 365+ Pintail, 1 Teal, 17 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Greenshank, 13 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Kingfishers, 60+ Shelduck, 290+ Dunlin, 6 Grey Plovers, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, and 90+ Redshank. Additionally, a Firecrest was in scrub at the Lympstone end of the cycle path and a Stonechat was at West Lodge.
Well, it's only taken 11 years but, at last, I've seen a Marsh Tit in Exmouth! This bird was calling frequently but a devil to see, in dense undergrowth along Wright's Lane, which runs along the top of Bystock. It feels like it's been coming though. Back in the summer I heard a bird just outside the Exmouth boundary, at Squabmoor. Shortly afterwards, in conversation with Roger and Liz Hamling, I learned that they were occasionally seen on the Bystock Reserve. This afternoon I put a bit of time in and was rewarded. I should point out though that over the years I've searched Bystock thoroughly, without success, always perplexed by their absence in seemingly perfect habitat. Perhaps I've just been unlucky or maybe they're bouncing back!
This Firecrest was feeding in a Laurel hedge along Wright's Lane. I'm fairly confident that a thorough search of suitable habitat in the area would reveal many more. The Bystock area produced at least seven earlier in the year. Several Goldcrests, Coal Tits, Redwings, a Treecreeper, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Sparrowhawk were also noted along Wright's Lane.
Pearly Underwing - a scarce immigrant species but one I've trapped a few times before.
A quick look at the top fields on Orcombe produced 2 Stonechat, c10 Meadow Pipit, c30+ Linnet, 4 Snipe, 2 Kestrel and 16+ Skylark.
Juvenile Mute Swans seem to have been very thin on the ground this autumn, so it was nice to see this one in the Duck Pond.
Again very little to report but nice to get out between the showers. Seven Purple Sandpipers on Maer Rocks and 2 Black Redstarts in the Shelly beach area, mainly in gardens bordering the 'Gut', were the highlights. Otherwise a decent wader flock off Mudbank late this afternoon contained 300+ Dunlin, 15+ Redshank and 90+ Turnstone. Other bits and bobs included 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese in the Duck Pond, adult Mediterranean Gull off Mudbank and 2 Ringed Plover off the Imperial.
Meadow Pipit - Imperial recreation ground.
Turnstone - Imperial recreation ground.
Pale-bellied Brent Geese - the Duck Pond.
Radford's Flame Shoulder - trapped last night in Budleigh by Nick. I've been hoping to see this species for some time now. The place to see them is Portland but over the last few years they've been expanding their range, so it felt like it was only a matter of time, and I predicted that Nick would be the first to strike gold! Many thanks Nick!
Three hours walking around Orcombe, from dawn, produced at least 19 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 9+ Song Thrush, c20 Blackbird, 16+ Chaffinch, just 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Lapwing, 2 Siskin, 12 Goldfinch, 8 Snipe, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 12+ Goldcrest, 4 Stonechat, 10+ Pied Wagtail, c70 Starling, 1 Redpoll, 1 Coal Tit, 1 Brent Goose, 8 Curlew, 1 Jay and 1 Ring-necked Parakeet.
Off Mudbank - 2 Avocet (very scarce this end of the river), 1 Great Northern Diver, 60 Redshank, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Red-breasted Merganser, 8 Pale-bellied Brent Goose and 10 Teal amongst the usual stuff.
Great Northern Diver - Mudbank
Two Kingfishers showed exceptionally well between the leisure centre and Mudbank today. At one point both birds flew inches above the pavement and inches from me as I stood with the scope.