Tuesday 26 October 2021


A flock of 250+ Black-tailed Godwits off Mudbank contained this stand-out, oddly plain-mantled juvenile, but it's presumably just a result of wear - I don't look at Black-tailed Godwits very often. Note the bird to the left is sporting a black and white ring.

Early morning Orcombe - a possible Red-throated Pipit heard just once at 0815 - a distant but distinctive, forceful 'Pzzzz' - to my ear too strong and drawn out for Tree Pipit. I searched the top fields for a while but no joy. Otherwise it was a bit of an odd morning with many birds moving high (despite the low cloud) and silently. I suspect they were mostly Chaffinches. Totals logged included 3 Bramblings, c20 Pied Wagtails, c120 Chaffinches, 1 Redpoll, c20 Siskins, 1 Reed Bunting, 60+ Redwings, C30 Meadow Pipits and 40 Jackdaws. A flock of 7 Common Scoters was offshore.

The first-winter Yellow-legged Gull was again on the Imperial rugby ground and 220 Shelducks were roosting on Cockle Sands. Off Mudbank - 250+ Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Teal and 17 Great Crested Grebes with 2 Mistle Thrushes, 1 Rock Pipit, 2 Song Thrushes, 11 Siskins and 10 Chaffinches over.

There don't seem to be many juvenile Brents amongst the flock but here are three of them.

One of at least a dozen Pale-bellied Brent Geese that have been with the Dark-bellied flock for some time now.

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