Sunday 5 February 2023


Having apparently vacated  Exmouth heathland over January it was good to see a couple Yellowhammers back this morning. This male was glowing in the early morning sunshine. Also this morning, during the first couple hours of daylight - c140 Fieldfares, 25+ Redwings, 2 Dartford Warblers, 2+ Crossbills (heard only), 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 22 Rook, a singing Mistle Thrush and a Kestrel.

An early evening look off Mudbank, as the sun set, revealed the 2 juvenile Spoonbills, 70+ Wigeon, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers and 23 Great Crested Grebes. The Cetti's Warbler was calling from behind the viewing screen.

Fieldfares and a Redwing on the archery club playing fields. A count of 140 Fieldfares was high for Exmouth. This site is a traditionally good spot for winter thrushes at this time of year.

Sunset Wigeon.

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