Thursday 25 November 2021

Short Visits

Only a thin sliver of time between work and dark means that birding is very much limited at this time of year. This evening a quick look at the top fields, as the sun set, revealed 8 Chaffinches, 25+ Meadow Pipits and 7+ Song Thrushes. The Meadow Pipit count is way up on recent visits and the wintering Skylark flock is around the 20 mark. The three Red-legged Partridges, or the three amigos as like to call them, remain faithful to the dung heap/turnip field area.
Yesterday evening at least 2 Purple Sandpipers were creeping around Maer Rocks, and offshore singles of both Great Northern Diver and Red-throated Diver were present. The first-winter Yellow-legged Gull was in the coastal waste recycling centre and a male Black Redstart was feeding on apartment rooves, around the Shelly Beach area.

A group of eight Chaffinches around the slurry pit constitutes a flock in Exmouth. The optimistic part of me hopes this group will seed a bigger flock and may even bring in some Brambling. The realistic part of me, that knows Exmouth only too well, suspects they'll soon move on and find a far more bird-friendly site before long.

 This Song Thrush was one of  at least seven birds in the top fields this evening.

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