Sunday 15 January 2023


Dark-bellied Brent Geese moving from the Imperial rugby ground onto the river. That's Starcross in the background.

Mudbank today - the female Scaup early on, 2 Goldeneye, c190 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 7 Mallard, 1 Greenshank and 1 Kingfisher. At least 25 Cattle Egrets were resting on one of the wrecks, north of Starcross.
Yesterday, an early morning look off Maer Rocks (from the raised beach huts) produced 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Red-throated Diver, 4 Eider (2 immature males and 2 females), 3 Dunlin, 3 Kittiwakes, c25 Gannets, 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls, c40 Black-headed Gulls and at least 10 Common Gulls.

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.


  1. Nice comparison of the two immature gulls, Matt.

    The image of the Brents has whetted my appetite for wild geese as I've only seen the 3 feral species so far this year in London, but will be off for my annual pilgrimage to North Norfolk on Friday, when it looks as though the worst of the freeze should have gone.

  2. Thank you Neil. Have a fantastic time in Norfolk. It's been about 20 years since I've been there but fond memories of lots of geese and a Coue's Arctic Redpoll. Went with my brother and remember it snowed a lot. Look forward to hearing how you get on...
    All the best.