Thursday 22 September 2022

Odd Wildfowl

The Exe's resident Snow Goose was off Mudbank first thing.

Off Mudbank today - 29+ Black-tailed Godwits, 17+ Bar-tailed Godwits, 101 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Snow Goose, 3 Black Swans, 1 immature Spoonbill, 1 Kingfisher, 1 or 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls, 4 Greenshank, 8 Redshank, 12 Pintail, 1 Osprey, 6 Sandwich Terns and 2 Grey Plovers.
On Orcombe Point - 80+ Meadow Pipits west, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Goldcrests, 4 Swallows, 18+ alba wagtails, 9 Chiffchaffs, 2 Grey Wagtails and 6+ Yellow Wagtails.
Blackhill Quarry - 1 Great White Egret, 1 Tufted Duck, 1 Greylag Goose and a Kingfisher.

Always nice to see a Spoonbill off Mudbank. Not really up to speed with how many are on the Exe at the moment.

Three Black Swans off Mudbank today. The first I've seen in Exmouth this year. I think these birds spend most of their time at the north end of the river.

A fog bank, rolling out of the Exe, into the bay, is a familiar sight, from Orcombe Point, at this time of year. 

One of at least 6 Yellow Wagtails remaining on Orcombe Point. It'll be sad to see them go...

Pink-barred Sallow.

The Great White Egret was again showing well in Blackhill Quarry.


  1. Indeed quite a mix of wildfowl there Matt. Presume the Black Swans originate from Dawlish? Remember seeing them on the lake there on childhood holidays.

    Any ideas on the origin of the Snow Goose?

    Liked your Acleris logiana in a couple of posts back!

  2. Hi Neil - the Snow Goose has been on the Exe for two or three years now but I still enjoy seeing it. The Black Swans have been living away from Dawlish for years now, but almost certainly originated from there. There are quite a few birds wandering around Devon and beyond. Acleris Logiana wasn't really on my radar and, through bleary early morning eyes, I very nearly dismissed it as A. kochiella or literana. Good to hear from you and hope you get some good autumn birding in. All the best. Matt