Saturday 2 April 2022

Kestrel and Cirl

Male Kestrel - Sandy Bay caravan park.

First thing this morning I walked the coast path from Gore Lane to West Down, via Sandy Bay. Very little evidence of any migration but I managed to record 3 Blackcaps, 10 singing Chiffchaffs, 1 Kestrel, 1 Pintail and 2 Sandwich Terns.
Off Mudbank - 2 drake Wigeon, 3 Dark-bellied Brent Geese and 7 Cattle Egrets in flight behind Starcross.
A dog-walk with Lu, around Blackhill Quarry, revealed 2 Little Grebes, 4 Tufted Ducks, 1 Redpoll and the drake Ring-necked Duck.

Kestrel with Budleigh seafront in the background.

Looking south from West Down at Straight Point and Sandy bay caravan park. In the far distance is Berry Head.

This male Cirl Bunting was blasting out its song at West Down  - right on the very edge of the Exmouth parish boundary.

Looking west from West Down. Littleham Village is in the foreground with the edge of Exmouth town beyond. Beyond that is the River Exe.

Linnet - Orcombe Point.

This afternoon's dog walk took us past Blackhill Quarry's drake Ring-necked Duck.

One of just three Dark-bellied Brent Geese off Mudbank today.


  1. Lovely kestrel posing for you!

  2. Thanks Tom - yep Exmouth Kestrels are very obliging. Have had lots of very close encounters over the years. All the best. Matt