Sunday 5 September 2021

Coot!!!(and Black Tern)

My first ever Coot in Exmouth was a sight for sore eyes in the early morning gloom. So chuffed! To put it in some sort of context I've seen Northern Mockingbird, Collared Flycatcher, 2 Caspian Terns, Ross's Gull, 2 Laughing Gulls, 3 Bonaparte's Gulls, Tawny Pipit, 2 Red-throated Pipits, Falcated Duck, Gull-billed Tern and Sardinian Warbler in Exmouth, all before Coot!

The quality birding in Exmouth continues - today's star bird a Coot, closely followed by my first Black Tern (a juvenile) since August 2019, 85+ Common Terns, 200+ Wigeon, 65 Pintail, 13 Little Egrets, 1 Grey Wagtail, 3+ Sandwich Tern, 1 Snow Goose, 3 Teal, 4 Redshank, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, 6 Ringed Plovers, 2 Greenshank, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Grey Heron and an Osprey that flew upriver at 0955. Nearby on Orcombe Point - 3+ Chiffchaff, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 or 2 Redstarts, 6+ Wheatear, 35+ Yellow Wagtails, 3 Whitethroats, 1+ Tree Pipit, 3 Blackcaps, 4 Whinchats, c15 House Martins, c40/50+ Swallows, a late Swift and a Willow Warbler.

One of four Whinchats in the turnip field on Orcombe today.

At last a Tree Pipit that posed for a photo! Most others have been fly-overs this autumn.

There are still at least 35 Yellow Wagtails on Orcombe - this particularly pale one was very smart.

Snow Goose - Mudbank.


  1. Replies
    1. Hi Kev - yep I would be too! All the best. Matt

  2. Nice one! Cootn't have been any better! (I'll get my coat ...)

  3. Oh you've let yourself down there Nick! Guessing you've got the moth trap out tonight - could be good? Hopefully see you soon. All the best. Matt