Shag - Maer Rocks. Twelve Purple Sandpipers on Maer Rocks was my highest count so far this winter.
A few Exmouth sites looked at today between doing other stuff. Maer Rocks this morning - 12 Purple Sandpipers, a couple Turnstones and a Great Northern Diver further over towards the Warren. On a glass-like sea - a number of auks scoped but only 8 Razorbill and 1 Guillemot close enough to be identified with certainty
Mudbank - Spoonbill, 300+ Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 46+ Mallard, 22 Redshank, 1 Greenshank, 1 Kingfisher, 4 Wigeon and 23 Great Crested Grebes.
Shelly Beach - 1 male Black Redstart, 2 Ravens, 3+ Red-breasted Mergansers and the 2 Black-necked Grebes - distantly between Cockwood and Starcross.
Withycombe Raleigh Common - 3 Lesser Redpolls, 1 Woodcock, 15 Redwing, at least 1 Dartford Warbler, 1 Treecreeper and 3 Crossbills.
Three Crossbills were on Withycombe Raleigh Common this morning.
A monochrome, grey afternoon transformed into quite a pleasant early evening, with a little bit of blue sky and sunshine. That's Berry Head in the distance.
The nearest Razorbills were still bloody miles out today. I used to see Guillemots and Razorbills close in from Exmouth, fairly regularly in the past, but in recent years it has become increasingly difficult to get good views of them. The feeding habits of auks, divers and grebes has definitely changed a lot in the last decade.
The Spoonbill was off Mudbank this morning but it wasn't there later this afternoon. This photo was taken late, yesterday afternoon.