Saturday 11 February 2023

Usual Suspects

The female Scaup remains upriver. Best viewed from Sowden Lane, Lympstone.

Little change today. Off Mudbank - the 2 juvenile Spoonbills, 3 Greenshank, 38 Wigeon, 33 Mallard and 2 Goldeneye (male and female). The female Scaup was, as usual, a bit further upriver.
I had a look off the seafront but couldn't pick up the RNG. On a flat calm sea - c30 Great Crested Grebes, c20 Common Scoters, small numbers of auks (probably Razorbills) and 2 immature, male Eiders. Three Red-throated Divers flew out of the bay and 2, even more distant diver sp were probably Great Northerns. Nearby, a single Ring-necked Parakeet was in the Maer long-stay carpark and, a little further up the valley, a single Firecrest.
Another Firecrest passed swiftly through our front garden, pausing just seconds to feed in the Yew tree. A garden first.
My first Redpoll of the year was at the end of Castle Lane this afternoon and I spent the last hour of daylight looking off Shelly Beach - a drake Teal, c340 Dark-bellied Brent Geese and c30 Cattle Egrets (to roost) the only sightings of any note.

One of two juvenile Spoonbills off Mudbank this afternoon. Photographed whilst Lu and I were walking the dog.

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