Wheatear - Orcombe Point.
Orcombe from 0710 - a single Reed Bunting, 1 Snipe and 1+ Redpoll were all firsts for the autumn, on what was a cold and clear morning. Also 3 Siskins west, and c40 Meadow Pipits. Otherwise it was one of those tricky mornings, where counting was difficult, as lots of Linnets, Goldfinches and Meadow Pipits were generally milling around. Other records included 7 Chaffinches west, 6 Yellow Wagtails, 1 Tree Pipit, 15+ Chiffchaffs, 20+ Pied Wagtails and 2 or 3 Grey Wagtails. A high flock of c40 hirundines east were probably all House Martins. Otherwise - 2 Sand Martins, 10 House Martins and 17+ Swallows were logged, and 3 Mute Swans flew east.
Off Mudbank - counts included c130 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, c1000 Wigeon (a very rough estimate), 26 Little Egrets, 4 Sandwich Terns, 15 Black-tailed Godwits, 150+ Mallard, 2 Kingfishers, 1 Osprey and decent numbers of Pintail. The three Black Swans and the Snow Goose were present early on.
Off Mudbank yesterday - c200 Pintail was the highest count so far this autumn. Also 110 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 28 Black-tailed Godwits, 7 Knot, 3 Greenshank, 6 Redshank, 1 Whimbrel and 32 Teal.
Yesterday on Orcombe - 6 Ringed Plovers east, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 2 Stonechats and 40+ Pied Wagtails.
Still six Yellow Wagtails with the cattle on Orcombe.
Black-tailed Godwits are a daily feature off Mudbank at the moment.
The juvenile Osprey showed well this morning.