Wednesday 21 December 2022

Black-necked Grebe

 Black-necked Grebe - Mudbank.

A Black-necked Grebe was with at least 7 Great Crested Grebes, off Mudbank this afternoon. Normally a very difficult bird to get in Exmouth but this record comes hot on the heels of a pair that was intermittently off Shelly Beach last winter. Not a lot else today but a Firecrest was in gardens at the end of our road, and an early morning look at Orcombe Point yielded the wintering juvenile Cirl Bunting, 38 Lapwing, 2 Stonechat, 1 Chiffchaff, 6 Snipe and 70+ Skylarks. Nearby, on Maer Rocks - at least 4 Purple Sandpipers and a Turnstone. The immature drake Eider was feeding just off the rocks.
Yesterday's dawn visit to Orcombe produced 42 Lapwing, 26 Snipe, 6 Golden Plovers and a Bullfinch.

Bullfinch - Orcombe Point, yesterday morning.

Eider - Maer Rocks, first thing this morning.

Orcombe Point from Maer Rocks.

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