Monday 21 February 2022


Really strong westerlies today, courtesy of storm Franklin. Birding isn't easy in such conditions and even walking the dog on the beach was quite testing. Lu, the dog and I have been thoroughly sand-blasted. 
A look at Blackhill, first thing, revealed the continuing presence of one of the Ring-necked Ducks, along with 10 Goosanders, 15 Mallard and 4 Bullfinches. Shortly afterwards, a quick sea-watch produced the Velvet Scoter, 3 drake Pintails and a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers
Ninety Pintails was an exceptionally high count for Mudbank at this time of year.
I popped back up to Blackhill later on in the morning, but could still only find one of the Ring-necked Ducks. Nearby, at least 4 Brambling were in with a flock of c30+ Chaffinches at Hayes Barton pig farm. Also a Peregrine over there.

Looking north-west (ish) along Exmouth beach. Blue skies but a strong wind blowing sand directly into our faces.

United Heavy Lift still sitting out the strong winds in the bay.

Bramblings and a Chaffinch at Hayes Barton.

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