A rubbish record shot of this morning's Ruff, but Ruff is a really good bird in Exmouth. Having said that, this record closely mirrors the last one, which involved a single bird accompanying a large flock of Black-tailed Godwits, on October 25th last year. This bird was with c150 Black-tailed Godwits and looked very like the last one. Could it be the same bird?
Orcombe Point counts included 1 Dartford Warbler, 3 Blackcaps, 12+ Chiffchaffs, 3 Goldcrests, 3+ Song Thrushes, 7+ Blackbirds, 1 Snipe, 3+ Swallows, 2+ House Martins, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and 1+ Grey Wagtail. Westward passage wasn't particularly heavy in fine, clear conditions, and I suspect a lot of stuff was just too high to see, but I managed to record 84 Skylarks, c50+ Meadow Pipits, 55 alba Wagtails, c50 Chaffinches (suspect I missed loads), 1 Starling, 2+ Siskins, 1 Reed Bunting and plenty of Goldfinches and Linnets.
Mudbank - 150+ Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Ruff, 3 Greenshank, 8 Redshank, 1 Grey Plover, 6 Great Crested Grebes and the three Black Swans. Nearby, the juvenile Whinchat was still at West Lodge when I cycled past.
Several Feathered Ranunculus trapped last night but this one was particularly smart.