Saturday 19 March 2022


Dawn over Straight Point, from just above Orcombe Point, in a nice, bracing easterly.

Not a lot today. Still waiting for first Wheatears and Sand Martins here in Exmouth, where migrants seem to be going straight through without stopping (or they're stopping while I'm at work). Just 1 Chiffchaff, 17+ Pied Wagtails and a handful of Meadow Pipits recorded, with 2 Great Northern Divers, 2 Common Scoters and a couple Fulmars offshore.
Off Mudbank - 2 Greenshank, 26 Turnstones, 5 Little Egrets, 1 Red Kite, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Wigeon, 6 Pintail, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 27 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 23 Common Gulls, 1 Redshank, 7 Black-tailed Godwits, c25+ Bar-tailed Godwits,  and a nice, brown immature Peregrine. The Black-tailed Godwits were my first in Exmouth this year. I don't normally record them until August. Weird how they shun this corner of the estuary for months on end.
Otherwise it has been another quiet week with 4 Chiffchaffs on Orcombe on Tuesday (15/3) evening and the immature Spoonbill off Mudbank on Monday evening, along with 41 Wigeon and 18 Pintail.

Red Kite - this bird dropped down over Mudbank at 1110, from an easterly direction, before continuing upriver.

Eleven Tufted Ducks on Blackhill Quarry. Not a lot else on this afternoon's dog walk.

The immature Spoonbill put in another appearance at the beginning of the week.

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