Tuesday, 31 January 2023
Sunday, 29 January 2023
Bull Hill Spoons
Lapwings - Orcombe Point.
Cirl Bunting feeding on the dung heap.
Wednesday, 25 January 2023
Saturday, 21 January 2023
This Goosander was off Mudbank early this morning. Never an easy species to see in Exmouth.
On an icy Orcombe Point - 2 Cirl Buntings, 2 Chiffchaffs, c190 Skylarks, 15+ Redwings, 9 Snipe, 11 Lapwing, 74 Golden Plovers, 13 Meadow Pipits and 2 Song Thrushes. Nearby, a Black Redstart was on cliffs near Sandy Bay whilst Lu and I walked the dog, and the brook provided 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Black Redstart and 2 Grey Wagtails.
A female Blackcap was in gardens along Belle Vue Road along with a couple Redwings and a Fieldfare.
Another difficult species to catch up with in Exmouth - this Avocet showed well off Mudbank this afternoon.
I was pleased to see this flock of c190 Skylarks on Orcombe Point today. The highest count in years.
Cirl Bunting - dung heap. One of two birds wintering on Orcombe.
One of 2 Chiffchaffs on the dung heap.
The Orcombe Point Golden Plover flock numbered 74 birds today.
Fieldfare - Belle Vue Road.
Thursday, 19 January 2023
Golden Plovers - Orcombe Point.
Late this afternoon was the first chance I've had to check Orcombe since the cold snap started. Sixteen Golden Plovers were feeding in the top fields with 11 Lapwing, c75 Starlings and c100 Black-headed Gulls. Also noted - 1 Little Egret, 3 Stonechats, 15 Snipe, c25 Skylarks, c10+ Meadow Pipits, 1 Stock Dove, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Rock Pipit, 1 Peregrine, 1 Kestrel and the Cirl Bunting.
Yesterday, a flock of 10 Fieldfares flew over Belle Vue Road.
Sunday, 15 January 2023
Turnstones - Exmouth marina.
Redshanks - Duckpond.
The pair of Goldeneye were on the Duckpond this morning.
First-winter Lesser Black-backed Gull (right) with Herring Gull - Mudbank.
Thursday, 12 January 2023
Wet 'n' Windy
The weather's been mostly horrible today but I managed to cover a fair bit of ground by foot. A look at the sea, from 0840 - 0955, produced 110+ Gannets, 5 Kittiwakes, 2 Red-throated Divers, 14 auk sp, 1 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, 1 Fulmar, 10 Common Scoters, 24 Black-headed Gulls and 11 Common Gulls. An afternoon visit, once the tide had dropped, revealed 7 Purple Sandpipers, 1 Turnstone and 4 Dark-bellied Brent Geese on Maer Rocks.
Otherwise, not a lot to report but a female Blackcap was an odd sight in a tightly-manicured shrub on the seafront and c170 Dark-bellied Brent Geese were on the Imperial rugby ground, along with 2 Redshank. An adult Mediterranean Gull was on the adjacent recreation ground. On Cockle Sands - 17+ Bar-tailed Godwits, 110+ Grey Plovers and c45 Knot. No sign of the Scaup off Mudbank but 125 Dunlin were feeding off there, and a Cetti's Warbler was calling from brambles behind the viewing screen.
Common Scoters whizzing past Maer Rocks.
Purple Sandpiper. Just seven counted this afternoon.
Shelly Beach - looking across to Starcross...
Adult Mediterranean Gull - Imperial rec.
One of two Red-breasted Mergansers off Shelly Beach.
Little Egret - Shelly Beach.
Dark-bellied Brent Geese on the Imperial rugby ground.
Monday, 9 January 2023
You can just about make out the Curlew flock in the above photo. Maer Valley is a nice spot for the time being but the ever-expanding edges of the town are creeping closer and closer. This Curlew flock has been utilising the valley for years. Fingers crossed it continues.
I could only find 2 Ring-necked Parakeets this morning. This pair (male above, female below) were at Prattshayes Farm - a pretty reliable site for them. The eight birds that were frequenting the Maer long-stay carpark seemed to have moved. I've checked it two or three times recently without seeing them.
Starlings and Black-headed Gulls - Maer Valley.
Firecrest. I'd love to know how many birds are wintering in Exmouth. It's got to be pretty big numbers as I'm bumping into them all over the place.