Saturday 25 November 2023

First Frost

An early trip up to an icy Orcombe Point, hoping for a bit of cold weather movement. In the event a little disappointing with just 7 Lapwing, 1 Snipe, 1+ Brambling and 23+ Chaffinches on the move. Also recorded - 3 Cirl Buntings, c10 Blackbirds, 6+ Song Thrushes (a couple singing), 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Goldcrests and 4 Red-legged Partridges.
Still only 3 Red-breasted Mergansers (utterly depressing) off Mudbank along with 8 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Chiffchaff and 9 Great Crested Grebes. Other stuff not counted. 
I made a little more effort yesterday with c225 Pintail (my highest count of the autumn/winter so far but 100 short of what I've had in the past), 10+ Bar-tailed Godwits, 10 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Snipe, 5 Teal, 3 Ringed Plovers, c1000+ Dunlin, 21+ Knot, 10+ Grey Plovers, 6 Black-tailed Godwits and 17+ Redshank logged on the incoming tide. Eight Fieldfares on Orcombe the only thing of note.
Only other news - 50+ Common Gulls off Mudbank on the 23/11.


Male Cirl Bunting. Just three on Orcombe this morning.


  1. Lovely cirl pic. I need to get up there!

  2. Hi Tom - Cirls are quite easy up there at the moment. All the best. Matt.