Saturday 1 October 2022

Whooper, RND

 This adult Whooper Swan flew low north, over top fields on Orcombe Point, at 1042 this morning. My first in Exmouth and my first self-found. It drew attention by uttering a single 'honk' and was already well past me by the time I got the camera out. It headed towards the town and presumably, after that, the river, although I couldn't relocate it off Mudbank.

Mudbank early morning, on the rising tide - 47 Little Egrets, 1 Osprey, c240 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 3 Black Swans, 10 Redshank, 5 Greenshank, 1 Knot, c20 Bar-tailed Godwits, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Turnstone and 3+ Sandwich Terns.
On Orcombe Point - 1 Whooper Swan over and 11 Swallows, but not much else. Six Sandwich Terns were off the seafront and singles of Stonechat, Whinchat and Peregrine were at West Lodge.
Blackhill Quarry - nice to relocate the juvenile Ring-necked Duck this morning. It was first discovered in Shutterton Creek, by Kev, on Wednesday. Also there - 3 Tufted Ducks and a Kingfisher.

Juvenile Whinchat - West Lodge. Discovered in the company of a Stonechat on this afternoon's dog-walk.

The lack of a white band on the bill presumably makes this a juvenile bird. This is the third Ring-necked Duck to have graced the quarry this year!

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