Tuesday 24 October 2023

Late Whitethroat


I wasn't able to get up to Orcombe 'til late in the morning so must have missed a lot of stuff. Paul had a Merlin chasing Linnets and pipits in the top fields but it was gone by the time I got up there. Woodpigeons were still moving west with c900+ noted. Otherwise the best bird was a late Whitethroat. Also noted - c60 Starlings, 6 Stonechats, 2 Reed Buntings, 1 Redpoll, 2 Siskins, 69 Jackdaws (all west) and a Redwing along with a few other bits and pieces.
Mudbank late pm - 40 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, c80 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Knot, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Kingfisher and a first-winter Mediterranean Gull.

Orcombe yesterday  - a nice walk around with Libby  but it was too blown out to be any good. A Snipe flushed from the weedy field and a flock of c80+ Jackdaws the only things of any note.
Mudbank late afternoon - 1 juvenile Spoonbill, 4 Greenshank, 12 Redshank, 42 Black-tailed Godwits, 210+ Dunlin, 4 Teal, c30 Turnstones and 1 Knot. The Brent Geese and Wigeon weren't counted.

Roe Deer

This Sparrowhawk was heading high east over Orcombe yesterday morning. Presumably just looking for high-flying migrants as opposed to migrating anywhere?

This juvenile Spoonbill was off Mudbank yesterday afternoon but it soon moved out onto the estuary as the tide dropped.

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