Thursday, 17 November 2022

Two Eiders

Two Eiders off Maer Rocks this morning, following one off there yesterday. I think a female and an immature male but as you can see the light wasn't great.

A brief Orcombe stroll, shortly after dawn, saw c1000 Woodpigeons move west, 1 Reed Bunting and a juvenile Cirl Bunting in the turnip field. Nearby - 2 Eiders were off Maer Rocks.
Mudbank - c80 Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 4 Knot, c100+ Dunlin, 3 Grey Plovers, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers and 1 Pale-bellied Brent Goose. A Mistle Thrush was in Carter Park.

This bird is pale-breasted and presumably the immature male that was in Sandy Bay a week or so ago.

Another thoroughly enjoyable cycle ride, alongside the river, into Exeter to spend a bit more time with the juvenile Glaucous Gull. I have to say it looked a little perkier today.


  1. Lovely to see the Glaucous Gull (& the blue skies!). Must be 3 years since I last saw one in Norfolk.

  2. Hi Neil - good to hear from you. The Glaucous Gull is ridiculously 'showy'. We had a similarly confiding individual a few years ago, on Exmouth quay. Great birds! All the best. Matt.