Thursday, 30 September 2021
Monday, 27 September 2021
Pectoral Sandpiper - Bowling Green. Another one of those species that I haven't seen in ages so thought I should make the effort to reacquaint myself. It reminded me how much I hate being in a busy hide but it was a smart bird, albeit too far away to photograph. I've seen Pectoral Sandpipers in Cornwall and Essex but my first Devon 'Pec' was at Portworthy Dam on 2/9/99. Shortly after I found my own, at Matford Marsh, on 11/9/99. Next was a juvenile at Bowling Green on 24/8/02 (and seen again the next day) and the last was 3 juveniles, again on Bowling Green, on 12/9/03. So an eighteen year gap since my last, which makes me feel slightly less guilty about the twitch, even though it was just ten minutes up the road. I guess Pec Sand is a species I could get off Mudbank but they have a penchant for freshwater marshes, so I'm not holding my breath...
Sunday, 26 September 2021
Saturday, 25 September 2021
This Red-veined Darter on Orcombe was difficult to photograph - low light levels and drizzle were bad enough but it was also difficult to track, and it was inevitably lost before I could get a better image.
Sallow. Some classic autumnal moths were trapped last night but there was little evidence of any immigration - just a couple Rusty Dot Pearls and a Silver Y. A Speckled Wood butterfly was unusual, but otherwise no surprises. A Painted Lady was on garden Buddleia this morning.
The feral Snow Goose was again off Mudbank this morning. I heard it for the first time too - similar to Canada Goose but more trumpeting to my ear.
Friday, 24 September 2021
Brown Argus and Small Copper are still going strong on Orcombe...
A very brief look of Mudbank, early this morning, produced good numbers of Wigeon, the Spotted Redshank and 5 Redshank. This evening the highlight was a Great White Egret. Also noted were c180 Brent Geese and 57 Shelducks.
This Great White Egret was distantly off Mudbank this evening. I'm guessing it has moved from Powderham because of all the shooting going on across the river. There was definitely a palpable sense of nervousness amongst all the wildfowl on the river tonight, as the shots rang out. This is only my fourth record in Exmouth, which seems way too low for a species that's breeding in numbers not too many miles away, in Somerset. I couldn't resist watching it from the house when I got home - my second record from here.
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Just 3 Wheatears on a quick Orcombe visit and at Blackhill/Woodbury - 13 Tufted Ducks, 3 Little Grebes, 6 Dartford Warblers, 1 Whinchat, 1 Siskin and 11 Swallows through.
Wigeon - Mudbank.
Tuesday, 21 September 2021
Off Mudbank this evening - 5 Spoonbills (adult and 4 juvs) flew downriver before doubling back and landing off Mudbank. I've been truly spoiled with this species this autumn. They're not even annual in Exmouth. Also off there today - 190+ Brent Geese, c6/700+ Wigeon, a Wigeon x Pintail hybrid, 1 Sandwich Tern, 1 Kingfisher, 2 Redshank, 5 Bar-tailed Godwits and 1 Greenshank. A Goldcrest was calling from the scrub.
Small Coppers on Ragwort.
Crap photo but two of this evening's twenty Yellow Wagtails. A similar number was present yesterday evening too.