Friday, 7 January 2022


This bleak picture pretty much sums up the weather in Exmouth this evening - cold, grey and wet. I wasn't really feeling up to nipping out after work, and rather wish I hadn't. Four Purple Sandpipers on Maer Rocks and a soaking.

Grey Wagtail - Maer Valley 5/1.

Yesterday evening in filthy, cold, wet and windy conditions, the Spoonbill was off Mudbank and there were 5 adult Mediterranean Gulls in with a flock of 650+ Black-headed Gulls. Nearby, on the Imperial rugby ground, 109 Dark-bellied Brent Geese were counted.

On the 5th the Spoonbill was still off Mudbank at lunch time, and the 2 Black-necked Grebes were scoped from Shelly Beach late afternoon, after work. Otherwise, a quick check of Maer Valley revealed 4 Ring-necked Parakeets, c20+ Redwings and at least 3 Chiffchaffs.

This nice dark Lesser Black-backed Gull was on Cockle Sands on Wednesday evening. Pity gulls are always so distant on this sandbar. 

Redwings - Maer Valley 5/1.

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