Friday 20 October 2023

Jack Snipe, Radford's Flame Shoulder

Radford's Flame Shoulder. Other migrant species, trapped last night, included 1 Pearly Underwing, 2 Olive-tree Pearl (Palpitta vitrealis), 1 Rush Veneer and c15 Rusty Dot Pearl.

I almost trod on this morning's Jack Snipe - my first in Exmouth this year. It flushed from the weedy field and landed somewhere the other side of the hedge. Other records this morning included the autumn's first Fieldfare, 2 Cirl Buntings, 10+ Pied Wagtails, 30+ Meadow Pipits, 1+ Redpoll, 2+ Siskins, 2 Reed Buntings, 30+ Chaffinches, 30+ Goldfinches, 100+ Woodpigeons, 2 Stock Doves, 1+ Swallow, 3 Stonechats, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2+ Skylarks, 1 Grey Wagtail, 10+ Chiffchaffs,  and 4 Goldcrests.

Mudbank, shortly after high tide - the autumn's first Red-breasted Merganser, a female Common Scoter, c135 Pintail, c700 Brent Geese, 32+ Turnstones, 3 Redshank, 1 Knot, 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 14 Dunlin and 1 Sandwich Tern. I didn't count the Wigeon but somewhere between 500 and 1000 would seem a reasonable estimate.

 Pearly Underwing

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