Friday 21 October 2022

Curlew Sandpiper

A juvenile Curlew Sandpiper was off Mudbank, with 8 Dunlin, in dreadful weather today. Curlew Sands are very infrequent in Exmouth, certainly not a species I ever expect to see. Otherwise it was way too wet for counting stuff, but I managed to pick out 5 Pale-bellied Brent Geese amongst the Dark-bellied birds, and 2 Sanderling were on the beach by the lifeboat station. A flock of 42+ Great Black-backed Gulls was seeing out the storm in the top fields of Orcombe, along with 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a single Snipe.

This 1cy Lesser Black-backed Gull was on the Imperial rugby ground - notable for its (apparently) completely un-moulted scapulars.

Great and Lesser Black-backed Gulls on Orcombe Point.

 Black-tailed Godwit - Mudbank.

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