Thursday, 28 April 2022
Wednesday, 27 April 2022
On Monday, a pair of Tufted Ducks on Bystock Pool was my first record in Exmouth in over a year. The drake was displaying to the female. A male Firecrest was in song up there and at least 2 Crossbills flew over.
Green-winged Orchids - Orcombe Point.
The Early Purple Orchids are looking good in Veiges Plantation.
Sunday, 24 April 2022
The Green-winged Orchids are looking good on Orcombe at the moment. Amazing what a difference a week makes.
A Sedge Warbler was singing in the reedbed at West Lodge and nearby, off Mudbank, 4 Dunlin, 12 Bar-tailed Godwits, 29 Whimbrels and 3 Dark-bellied Brent Geese.
Off the seafront - a distant drake and female Eider and 18 Sandwich Terns.
Saturday, 23 April 2022
We used taxis and buses to explore the local towns and I hired a car for one day, so we could get a better appreciation of the area we were staying in. A drive up into the surrounding mountains was stunning, and we visited the spectacular Saklikent Gorge. I saw about 100 species in the week but with some proper focused effort, reckon I could have seen many more. It's a fabulous birding destination but I'm sure it's a shadow of its former self, bird-wise, as marshes have been extensively drained for building and development.
Syrian Woodpecker. This female (lacking red on nape) was one of only two that I saw during the week. Though pretty similar to Great Spot, Syrian lacks the black line that joins the black on the side of the neck with the black nape stripe. Additionally the softer 'chook' call and paler red vent help to distinguish it from Great Spotted Woodpecker (which helpfully appears to be absent from the region).
After the first morning I stopped counting Crested Larks - they were everywhere. Their melodic call was constantly audible around the hotel grounds and surroundings.
Male Citrine Wagtail - picked up on call - a strong, rasping 'zrrreet'.
Sand Martin. Good numbers of hirundines were seen during the week. Not used to that here in Exmouth.
Several Woodchat Shrikes were found on my morning rounds.
Male Little Crake.