Sunday 31 October 2021

Spot Red Back

 Good to see the return of the Spotted Redshank today.

Orcombe was blown out this morning but 1 Great Skua and lots of auks and Kittiwakes passed first thing and 2 Goldcrests, c300 Woodpigeons, 8 Pied Wagtails, 2 Song Thrushes, 20+ Starlings, 3 Chaffinches, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Chiffchaff and at least one Redwing also snuck into the notebook.
Off Mudbank - 1 Spotted Redshank, 18 Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 15 Bar-tailed Godwits, 1 Turnstone, 5 Dunlin, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 200+ Pintail, 222 Shelduck, a first-winter Kittiwake and a few Pale-bellied Brent Geese amongst the usual numbers of Dark-bellied Brent Geese and Wigeon.
I didn't get up to Orcombe 'til late morning yesterday but recorded well over 1000 Woodpigeons heading west along with 40+ Chaffinches and at least 1 Brambling. A single Brambling was also recorded late in the afternoon, over Shelly beach.
Belated news for the 29th - 1 Red-throated Diver off the seafront and a good count of 30 Great Crested Grebes off Mudbank.

First-winter Kittiwake - Mudbank.

The first-winter Yellow-legged Gull was again in the coastal recycling depot behind the Imperial - feeding around the skips.

Peacock on Orcombe yesterday. Painted Lady also seen.

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