Saturday 23 September 2023

Mipits, Little Gull


Meadow Pipit - Orcombe Point. Most of this morning's birds were flying west. Only small numbers were grounded.

Orcombe Point from 0655 - c600 Meadow Pipits, c30 Siskins (an absolute minimum as most were too high to see, so I recorded a call as just one bird), c30 Chiffchaffs, 3 Wheatears, 1+ Yellow Wagtail, 1+ Tree Pipit, 16+ 'alba' wagtails, c50+ Linnets, 1 Chaffinch, 3 Grey Wagtails, c25 Swallows, c40 House Martins, 3 Goldcrests, 1 Starling, up to 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 1 Coal Tit and 1 Blackcap. Also - 3 Clouded Yellows and a Painted Lady.

Mudbank - highlight was a lovely first-winter Little Gull, flushed off Cockle Sands by a juvenile Osprey which it then proceeded to mob, before flying upriver, at 1350. The Osprey was seen on and off until 1450 at least. Also off there - 525+ Wigeon, 7 Teal, 17 Pintail, 9 Great Crested Grebes, 7 Black-tailed Godwits, 14 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Knot, 5 Sandwich Terns, c75 Brent Geese (distant but presumably mostly Pale-bellied birds), 1 juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull, the Pintail x Wigeon hybrid, 1 Kingfisher and a Redpoll over - my first of the autumn.


  1. would like to visit exmouth to see the ringneck parakeets are they still their and where can i see them and how many birds can i expect to see

  2. Hi - haven't looked for them for quite some time but can often hear them calling in Maer Valley when I'm birding the top fields of Orcombe Point. Prattshayes Farm area should be a good bet. Matt.