Saturday 17 December 2022

Avocets, Catt Eg, Gadwall

Cattle Egret - Orcombe Point.

I covered a few sites today, keen to document any signs of cold weather movement within the Exmouth parish. A dawn look at Orcombe provided 1 Cattle Egret, 20+ Redwings, c20 Meadow Pipits, 34 Golden Plovers, 18 Lapwings, c30 Starlings, c70/80+ Skylarks, 2 Chiffchaffs, 1 Black Redstart and 1 immature male Eider. I had a lightning quick look at the Olive-backed Pipit but a crowd of twitchers put me off staying. I'm finding the whole notion of twitching more and more unpalatable by the day. In the Maer long-stay carpark - still 8 Ring-necked Parakeets (along with 13+ Redwings and 2 Goldcrests). Nearby, in Maer Valley - 2 or 3 Ring-necked Parakeets, 3 Chiffchaffs, at least 4 Lapwings, 1 Snipe, 1 Fieldfare, 8 Chaffinches, 20+ Redwings and a Little Egret.
Mudbank - 90+ Teal, 3 Avocets, 4 Gadwall, 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 40+ Pintail, 2 Greenshank, c25+ Bar-tailed Godwits, 94+ Shelduck, 48+ Redshank, 14 Sanderling, 6 Knot, 2 Ringed Plovers, 7 Great Crested Grebes, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 80+ Curlew and 2 Ringed Plovers.
Along the cycle track, between Littleham and Castle Lane - 1 Firecrest, 2 Golden Plovers, 2 Lapwings, c90 Rooks and 25+ Jackdaws. Two Blackcaps in Belle Vue Road still.

Three Avocets off Mudbank this morning - only the second time I've recorded this species in Exmouth this year, following a flock of 17 on August 26th.

Firecrest - along the cycle track between Littleham and Castle Lane.

Lapwing - Maer Valley.

 Grey Wagtail - Maer Valley.

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