Thursday, 29 September 2022
Wednesday, 28 September 2022
Balearic Shearwaters - part of a flock of 54+. Good scope views but too far for photos.
A flock of at least 54 Balearic Shearwaters joined a large conglomeration of feeding gulls, off the seafront, this afternoon. Also 1 adult Mediterranean Gull and at least 12 Sandwich Terns off there. Nearby on Orcombe Point - at least 2 Yellow Wagtails still, and a flock of c60+ Linnets.
A couple quick looks off Mudbank produced 247+ Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 3 Shoveler, 11+ Teal, 19 Black-tailed Godwits, 9 Redshank, 2 Greenshank and the three Black Swans still.
On Monday, counts from Mudbank included 1 Greylag Goose, 190 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 100+ Shelduck, 3 Dunlin, 9 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Knot, 1 Redshank and 1 Sandwich Tern.
On Orcombe Point - still 8+ Yellow Wagtails and my first 2 Golden Plovers of the autumn. Nearby in Maer Valley - 1 Firecrest, a flock of 150+ Jackdaws and 3 Ring-necked Parakeets.
Juvenile Stock Dove - one of a small number of birds with a flock of c60+ Woodpigeons.
Chiffchaff - Orcombe Point.
Sunday, 25 September 2022
Thursday, 22 September 2022
Monday, 19 September 2022
Saturday, 17 September 2022
This Great White Egret provided some nice novelty value on Blackhill Quarry this afternoon - the first one I've seen on the Pebbled Heaths. It was first reported yesterday.
An afternoon stroll, starting from Blackhill Quarry, produced 1 Great White Egret, 2 Tufted Ducks, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1 Osprey and 11 Dartford Warblers. A flock of 15 House Martins, small numbers of Swallows and a few Meadow Pipits were moving, as well as one really big flock of hirundines that flew south-east as I was watching the Osprey.
Earlier, off Mudbank, counts included 20 Black-tailed Godwits, 6 Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 34 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 118 Shelduck and a juvenile Osprey. Later, a look from the back garden produced 2 Ospreys together, flying really high at times and covering a lot of ground, over the river.
Orcombe was pretty quiet first thing but counts included 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Little Egret, 1 Wheatear, 150+ Meadow Pipits (including 35+ grounded), 7 Chiffchaff, 18+ Pied Wagtails, at least 1 White Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtails, 4 Yellow Wagtails, 1 Tree Pipit, 15+ Swallows, 9 Starlings, 8+ Chaffinches and c40/50+ Linnets.
This tiny, second brood Holly Blue was a weak flyer and quite happy to rest on my hand.
Eleven Dartford Warblers were noted on a walk from Blackhill onto Woodbury Common. Some, like this bird, were in song.
This Osprey was circling Blackhill Quarry at 1pm, before heading rapidly east. At least two others were on the river today.
Thursday, 15 September 2022
Grey Birch Button Acleris logiana 12/9. Also trapped on Sunday night - 27 Rusty Dot Pearl, 5 Rush Veneer, 1 Silver Y, 2 Dark Sword-grass, 1 Delicate, 2 Turnip, 1 Portland Ribbon Wave, 4 L-album Wainscot, 1 Small Blood-vein and 1 Flame Shoulder, in with the regulars. On Monday night - an increase in immigrant numbers with 11 Rusty Dot Pearl, 3 Pearly Underwing, 1 Rush Veneer, 1 Dark Sword-grass, 2 Turnip, 1 European Corn-borer and 1 White-point. Other notables included 1 Pinion-streaked Snout, 5 L-album Wainscot, 1 Old Lady and 1 Feathered Ranunculus.
Mudbank today - 29 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, c30 Sandwich Terns, 3 Common Terns and 3 Redshank. Really good to catch up with Keith this morning. A spell looking from the back garden produced a Red Kite west across the river at 1145, Osprey at 1125 and 1156, 1 Kestrel, 1 Raven and a flock of c60 Cattle Egrets that appeared high above Cockwood before dropping down somewhere behind Starcross. Small parties were then seen flying back to a cattle herd behind Cockwood.
On Orcombe first thing - 5 Grey Wagtails, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 1 Goldcrest, c30 Meadow Pipits and c40+ Linnets. Three Dark-bellied Brent Geese flew towards the river.
Off Mudbank on Monday - 22 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 1 juvenile Osprey, 1 juvenile Little Gull, 10 Great Crested Grebes, 50+ Sandwich Terns, 4+ Common Terns, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls, 13 Black-tailed Godwits, c260 Wigeon, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Greenshank, 2 Redshank, 16 Pintail, 13+ Bar-tailed Godwits, 1 Kingfisher and at least 1 Siskin over, north.
Orcombe Point was quiet first thing. Two Tree Pipits the best of it.
Sunday, 11 September 2022
One of two Whinchats on Orcombe Point, early this morning.
Orcombe Point - 17 Meadow Pipits, 7 Chiffchaffs, 5 Grey Wagtails, 2 Wheatear, 37+ Swallow, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Pied Wagtails, 2 White Wagtails, 2 Whinchats and the first Goldcrest of the autumn, sneaking through cliff-top scrub.
There were thousands of gulls off the beach again but I just couldn't pick out anything unusual. Nearby, off Mudbank - 7 Dark-bellied Brent Geese (six new in), 1 Osprey, a juvenile Little Gull, c30+ Sandwich Terns, c5/10+ Common Terns, 1 juvenile Arctic Tern, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 7 Pintail and c200+ Wigeon, though lots of wildfowl were missing whilst I was there, after high tide.
Horse Chestnut. Also last night - 26 Rusty Dot Pearl, 3 Rush Veneer, 1 European Corn-borer, 1 Dark Sword-grass, 1 Old Lady, 1 L-album Wainscot, 1 Common Wainscot and a Green Carpet amongst the other usual stuff. A Hummingbird Hawkmoth was nectaring in a garden, just up the road, yesterday and on Orcombe today - good numbers of Rush Veneer and Red Admiral.
Saturday, 10 September 2022
For some reason there has been a roost of Sandwich Terns, beneath the seawall, over the last few days. It's not normal for them to gather off Mudbank in numbers but it's very welcome. Today, at least 50 gave fabulous views on the deck, as the tide started to drop.
Off Mudbank today - at least 1 juvenile Arctic Tern and 15+ Common Terns, along with 70+ Sandwich Terns. Also - 1 Osprey, 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 6 Redshank, 2 Common Sandpipers, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1+ Kingfisher, 4 Grey Herons, 2 Greenshank, 1 Whimbrel, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Bar-tailed Godwits, 310+ Teal, 1 Pintail x Wigeon hybrid and 2 first-winter Mediterranean Gulls. I didn't count the Wigeon or Pintail today.
Earlier, on Orcombe Point - 5+ Yellow Wagtail, 2 or 3 Tree Pipits, 7 Grey Wagtails, 8 'alba' Wagtails, 2 Wheatear, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Whinchat, 10+ House Martins, 20+ Swallows, 4+ Chiffchaffs, 5+ Blackcaps, 20+ Meadow Pipits and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers. Offshore, at least 6 Balearic Shearwaters and 60+ Gannets along with a large feeding flock of gulls, that were presumably after whitebait. An adult Mediterranean Gull was on the beach and a Wheatear was on the cricket pitch.
Thursday, 8 September 2022
Another Caspian Gull off Mudbank this afternoon, shortly before 4pm. Difficult to photograph in heavy rain, and it wasn't around long before a train passed and it headed upriver. Best described as in first-winter plumage - this individual has many more new, grey mantle and scapular feathers than the last one.
Off Mudbank today - duck numbers continue to rise with c6/700+ Teal, 104 Pintail, 420 Wigeon, 48 Shelduck and good numbers of Mallard. Amongst the masses were 2 Gadwall and 2 Shoveler, as well as the Pintail x Wigeon hybrid and single Dark-bellied Brent Goose. Also of note - first-winter Caspian Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 8 Common Terns, 17+ Greenshank (a record count for me, here in Exmouth), 9 Redshank, 12+ Knot, a very probable Curlew Sandpiper (unfortunately too distant to be sure, on Cockle Sands with 5 Knot), 13+ Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Whimbrel and 5 Ringed Plovers.
In the moth trap last night - 33 Rusty Dot Pearl, 1 White-point, 1 Rush Veneer, 2 Turnip, 1 Dark Sword-grass, 1 Silver Y and 1 Delicate, but not too much else.
Off Mudbank yesterday afternoon - c390 Wigeon, 11 Sandwich Terns, 3+ Common Terns, 2 Mediterranean Gulls, just 5 Pintail and a Little Tern.
Juvenile Common Tern off Mudbank.
Tuesday, 6 September 2022
Another Gannet was in the estuary this afternoon. The third in a week, assuming they're all different.
Sunday, 4 September 2022
Saturday, 3 September 2022
Vestal - Orcombe Point - doing a pretty good job at hiding in the dry grass.