Friday 3 September 2021

Mudbank Magic

More scarce species off Mudbank than I've seen in ages - immature Spoonbill present from 11am to 230pm at least, Marsh Harrier, a brief juvenile Little Stint (way less than annual in Exmouth), Osprey, 2 Greenshank, 4 Redshank, 1 Dunlin, 4+ Whimbrel, 1 Teal and a Mediterranean Gull.
On Orcombe first thing - a noticeable reduction in hirundine numbers, presumably thanks to clearer skies, plus 30+ Yellow Wagtail still, 1 Swift, 6 Sand Martins, 2 Whitethroats, 1 Tree Pipit and 1 Grey Wagtail.

The Osprey was fishing off Mudbank from 155 - 2pm.

This juvenile Marsh Harrier was off Mudbank shortly before 115pm, before heading upriver. Marsh Harrier is a really scarce bird in Exmouth, being less than annual.

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