The first returning Pintail was off Mudbank today. It put a huge smile on my face! It really feels like autumn now. One of the joys of local patch birding is these little landmark sightings. You surely miss that if you're forever chasing the next rarity or year-tick.
Mudbank counts included 26 Great Black-backed Gulls, 220 Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 20 Wigeon, 1 Pintail, 33 Little Egrets, 12 Dunlin, 7 Ringed Plovers, 8 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Lapwing and the Dark-bellied Brent Goose.
It's getting a little late now but a single Swift was hawking over the house this evening.
A very quick look at Orcombe produced 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Willow Warblers, 6+ Yellow Wagtails and 1 Grey Wagtail. Up to three Great Spotted Woodpeckers have been knocking around Orcombe of late. Just the one this morning though.