Saturday 16 September 2023

Returning Ruff

 I wasn't really expecting the Wryneck to still be present this morning. It was in exactly the same area as yesterday and thankfully a few more people were able to catch up with it. With the weather looking wet for the next few days I guess there's a chance it will linger...

Orcombe Point (from 0720) - 25+ Chiffchaffs, c75 Meadow Pipits, 3+ 'alba' wagtails, 34 Yellow Wagtails, 1 Wryneck, 3 Tree Pipits, 5 Siskins, 1 Snipe, 4+ Whitethroats, 5 Grey Wagtails, 1 Wheatear, 3 Blackcaps, c25 Swallows, 1+ House Martin, 1 Coal Tit and 1 Goldcrest. Offshore - 6+ Common Scoter.
Mudbank - 2 Yellow Wagtails over, 40 Knot, c40+ Turnstones, 1 Kingfisher, 3+ Bar-tailed Godwits, 59 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, c515 Wigeon, 21 Pintail, 13 Teal, 1 Sandwich Tern, 50+ Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Ruff, 52 Shelduck, 1 Redshank, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull, 4 Dunlin and the 3rd-winter Yellow-legged Gull. 

Up to 34 Yellow Wagtails this morning. Three fly-overs and a mobile flock of 31, with cattle.

Ruff with Black-tailed Godwits - Mudbank. This is the third year in a row that this individual (presumably male bird, based on size) has popped up off Mudbank. Always in exactly the same spot (off Lower Halsdon Farm) and always with a Black-tailed Godwit flock. I've photographed it each time from the cycle path. Last year I saw it on October 8th and in 2021 I saw it on October 25th, so it's a little earlier than expected. It's a bit of a Redshank look-alike that could be easily overlooked.

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