Sunday 22 November 2020

Selected Counts

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.

Greenshank (with Wigeon and Common Gull) - Mudbank.


  1. Shelly beach birdlife is amazing just now! I am saying hello as Tidelines, a community organisation working with Exeter University and focussing on the Exe Estuary. We are exploring how residents around the estuary perceive it, what people know about how it works, what people want to know and how the estuary is changing. So it is vital that we know how everyone thinks! To this end we have produced an Exe Estuary Box which contains 5 fun activities that everyone can do and as a 'birder' your observations and knowledge would be wonderful as you will have seen many changes. The box is free and we would be happy to get one to you. This is an opportunity to get a holistic view of how the estuary is perceived. And you may know others who might like to have one. If so let me know.
    More info at: or or email and maybe we could chat on the phone.
    Thanks, Jo Salter

    1. Hi Jo, we are keen birders and happy to receive an Exe box. Always keen to help thus wonderful landscape. Best, Julian

  2. Hi Jo - thank you for your comment. Will get in touch via e-mail.
    Best wishes. Matt