With so many turning up on these unrelenting southerlies, I decided to put some effort into finding my own Crimson Speckled. The Maer seemed like a sensible place to start looking and, sure enough, within a few minutes I flushed this beauty from some rough grass. I found my first one back in October 2013, on Orcombe Point, and have since seen a couple abroad, but each one is a real treat.
Not much bird news today. It's too windy really. Orcombe Point was blown out but a late Whinchat was good to see. Otherwise - 6 Common Scoter offshore and a flock of c40 Skylarks in the top fields.
Off Mudbank - 1 juvenile Arctic Tern, 1 Sandwich Tern, a first-winter Mediterranean Gull, 1 Grey Plover, 25 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Greenshank, 6+ Redshank, 1 Ringed Plover and c75 Turnstones. Still 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese in with the (uncounted) Dark-bellied birds.
Juvenile Arctic Tern - Mudbank. Not good photos but I very rarely get the opportunity with this species in Exmouth.