Sunday 23 April 2023


Sedge Warbler - Orcombe Point.

My first Cuckoo was singing in the Bystock reserve this morning. A very welcome sound! Also - a few Willow Warblers and Blackcaps on territory up there, as well as a Firecrest, though I didn't search the areas where I normally see them. A Tree Pipit singing just outside the reserve, on the edge of East Budleigh Common, was unexpected as they're no longer a regular fixture on the pebbled heaths.

Earlier, I'd spent the first couple hours of daylight covering Orcombe Point. Totals included 2 reeling Grasshopper Warblers, at least 1 Sedge Warbler, 6+ Blackcaps, 1 Meadow Pipit, 4 Swallows, 5 Whitethroats, 8+ Chiffchaffs and 9+ Willow Warblers. Also noted - 2 Sandwich Terns, 1 Fulmar, 1 Common Gull and 2 Red-legged Partridges.

Mudbank counts on the dropping tide, around midday - 72 Whimbrel, 16 Bar-tailed Godwits, 30+ Sandwich Terns, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 5 Black-headed Gulls, 5 Swallows and 1 Redshank. A male Whitethroat was back on territory a little further upriver and a Reed Warbler was singing from the West Lodge reedbed. It was in exactly the same spot as one a couple days ago so is presumably the same bird. Fingers crossed it stays to breed.


Green Long-horn Adela reaumurella - Bystock.

Chiffchaff - Bystock.


  1. Hi Matt. Glad you heard the cuckoo. We heard it in roughly the same place on Saturday morning. Great to hear them back again.

  2. Hi Nick - hoping it sticks around like last year's bird. I suppose it could actually be last year's bird. Good to hear from you and looking forward to seeing how your 2023 mothing season pans out. All the best. Matt.

  3. Love the warblers in the yellow rapeseed, they look great