Immature Spoonbill off Mudbank this morning.
Lots of good birds in Exmouth still, but the most unusual thing was probably the movement of Jays on Orcombe Point. Twelve birds in total were noted including a flock of eight. By no means my biggest Exmouth count but the first flocks I've seen in a few years. Also on Orcombe c2/300+ Meadow Pipits with a light trickle overhead and good numbers of grounded birds. Additionally - 3 Yellow Wagtails, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Reed Bunting, 4+ Chaffinch, 1 Siskin, 6+ alba wagtails, 9+ Chiffchaffs, 1 Grey Wagtail, 14+ Linnets, 7 Swallows, c20 hirundine sp, 3 Blackcaps and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.
Mudbank was really good again with counts that included 1 Glossy Ibis, 1 Spoonbill, 41 Little Egrets, 235+ Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 305 Canada Geese, 1 Snow Goose, 30 Mute Swans, 130 Mallard, 40+ Pintail, c500+ Wigeon, 1 Spotted Redshank, 6 Dunlin, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Grey Plovers, 25 Black-tailed Godwits, 8+ Bar-tailed Godwits, 1 Turnstone and the Yellow-legged Gull.
The Spotted Redshank was much closer than usual but I failed to get a decent photo in the early morning gloom.
Jays are funny things. They look like they're flapping past slowly but are surprisingly quick. By the time I'd got my camera out they'd almost gone, hence this ropey shot of the tail-end of the flock, which consisted of eight birds.
Despite the large numbers of Meadow Pipits on Orcombe, this is the only one that stayed still long enough for me to photograph.
Portland Ribbon Wave. Two trapped last night.
If moulting out of eclipse were a race this Pintail would probably be winning. Only 40 present off Mudbank this morning which means the majority must be elsewhere on the Exe.
Great Crested Grebes.
The Glossy Ibis circled several times over Mudbank at midday, whilst Lu and I were walking the dog. It headed upriver after a short while.
The long-staying first-winter Yellow-legged Gull. It's a distinctive individual with nice gingery scaps.