Wednesday, 27 January 2021
Rock Pipit - one of two on the dung heap, on Orcombe Point, this afternoon.
Sunday, 24 January 2021
Nearby, in Maer Valley - one or two Firecrests, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Grey Wagtails, 25+ Redwings and 5 Ring-necked Parakeets.
A drake and female Goldeneye were off Mudbank, along with half a dozen Red-breasted Mergansers. The local Kestrel was hunting along the edge of the estuary, so there are at least 3 birds within the Exmouth parish boundary at the moment.
The rear end of 3 Golden Plovers heading fast west.
One of two Ravens on Orcombe this morning.
One of eight Linnets on Orcombe Point early this morning.
Saturday, 23 January 2021
This Brent Goose (centre) caught the eye in this morning's Darts Farm flock. Unfortunately I didn't get a really clear look at it but I think Grey-bellied Brent is at least a consideration, albeit an unlikely one. There is striking contrast between a dark-grey belly and whiter flanks but the upperparts are perhaps a shade too dark? As well as Grey-bellied Brent there are hybrid possibilities to consider, as well as the distinct possibility that it's just a very well-marked Dark-bellied bird. Gotta love Brents!
The Black Brant showed really well, in with the big Brent flock (c6-700+ birds) beside the road, this morning.
Dark-bellied Brent Geese.
One of two Pale-bellied Brent Geese in this morning's flock.
Friday, 22 January 2021
Drake Goldeneye - Duckpond. Lovely close views of this stunning duck. I watched it with a sense of melancholy though, as with numbers down to just three or four birds at this end of the river, it's possible it will become a real rarity within the next decade.
I think this is Sweet Violet (blunt sepals and small hairs on leaves) but I'm not sure. Does anyone know if I can rule out a related garden escape?
Thursday, 21 January 2021
A pre-work and post-work look off Maer Rocks today produced 5 Red-throated Divers, 13 Brent Geese, 4 diver sp, 1 male Red-breasted Merganser, 1 Great Northern Diver, at least 9 Purple Sandpipers, 1 Yellow-legged Gull and my first Fulmar of the year, heading distantly south.
Off Mudbank - 6+ Great Crested Grebes, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 5 Pintail and, on Cockle Sands, 111 Grey Plovers, 50 Knot and 5 Sanderling. Really good to meet Phil today.
A 'last knockings' look off Shelly Beach revealed the Slavonian Grebe (off Cockwood), 3 Red-breasted Mergansers and 165+ Dark-bellied Brent Geese.
A couple days ago, on the 19th, a dawn sea-watch from the raised beach huts produced 23+ Red-throated Divers, c100+ Gannet, several Kittiwakes, 3 Great Northern Divers and 2 diver sp. Off Mudbank - 70 Shelducks and 10 Wigeon.
Monday, 18 January 2021
Stonechat - this male was showing well on the Maer this evening.
Following a tip-off from Mark this afternoon I put some effort into scanning the estuary from Shelly Beach and was pleased to pick up a flock of 8 Greylag Geese, resting on the mudflats, way upriver and probably somewhere off Lympstone. Always a bit of an Exmouth 'hit or miss' species in any given year. Otherwise - 70 Dark-bellied Brent Geese and 5 Red-breasted Mergansers.
Sunday, 17 January 2021
Two immature drake Eiders were off the lifeboat station early this morning - good to see after the disappearance of the adult drake, that was around for ages at the tail end of last year.