Today's unexpected highlight was a Coot at the entrance to Exmouth marina - only my second parish record following one off Mudbank last year, on the 5th of September. It didn't look very settled in the rough conditions, seeking shelter beneath the pontoon, and I never saw it dive. Not a lot else today because it was too wet, but on my circular walk, that included Phear Park, I saw the Olive-backed Pipit. I also picked up a couple Mediterranean Gulls on Warren View playing fields, along with Grey Plover and Greenshank.
Yesterday was a bit of a wash-out too but Mudbank counts included 108 Shelduck, 118 Mallard, 13 Red-breasted Mergansers and 3 Shoveler. An Eider was distantly off the seafront - not far off Dawlish Warren beach. It looked like an immature male but views were poor.
Grey Plover - Warren View playing fields.
Mediterranean Gull - one of two birds that were on Warren View playing fields. This one relocated to Mudbank.
Dark and wet - not ideal for photographing a rapid-moving Olive-backed Pipit. Really nice to bump into Ritchie today.