Saturday 11 November 2023


A Great White Egret flies west with a large flock of  Woodpigeons, seconds after a phone call from Mark, alerting me to its presence over Exmouth! Fantastic communication there, although I'd like to think I'd have picked it up anyway, being deep in 'pigeon-count' mode.

Another fabulous morning on Orcombe. No wind and clear skies meant many birds passed too high to see, but I still managed to log c18000 Woodpigeons, c300 Chaffinches, 1 Swallow, c50 Goldfinches, 1 Great White Egret, 5 Bramblings, 2 Redpolls, 8 Rooks, 7 Reed Buntings, 11 Skylarks, 2 Siskins, 17+ Stock Doves and 1 Dunlin. Also - 12+ Blackbirds, 12+ Song Thrushes, 12+ Greenfinches, 2 Bullfinches, 3 Stonechats, 1 Grey Wagtail, 30+ Pied Wagtails, 2 Chiffchaffs, c45 Starlings, 5 Ring-necked Parakeets, c20 Linnets, c20 Meadow Pipits and 1 Tawny Owl (located by alarm-calling Blackbirds in scrub not far from the Geoneedle).
A Yellow-browed Warbler was a surprise find at Mudbank. It showed well all afternoon. Also there - 1 Goldcrest, 5+ Bar-tailed Godwits, 70+ Redshank, c500+ Dunlin, 3 Greenshank, 1 Red-breasted Merganser, 15 Great Crested Grebes, 6+ Knot, 12 Teal, and 15+ Pintail. Wigeon, Dark-bellied Brent Geese and Turnstones weren't counted but a few Pale-bellied Brent Geese are still present.

This morning's GWE, not done any justice by my terrible photos!

Too windy yesterday but a male Eider flew past Orcombe Point and a Cirl Bunting was near the slurry pit. Otherwise just 13 Knot off Mudbank worthy of a mention.

November 6th (from 0705) - c11000 Woodpigeons, at least 23 Stock Doves, c430 Chaffinches, 105+ Goldfinches, 1 Brambling, 1 Redpoll, 3 Reed Buntings, 1 Cirl Bunting, c45 Pied Wagtails (in with cattle) and 10+ Siskins.
Off Mudbank - the female Common Scoter, 2 Kingfishers, 17 Pintail, 1 Bullfinch, c160 Turnstones and the regular Kestrel.

Picked up on a single call, this Yellow-browed Warbler spent the afternoon feeding in a very small area of Oaks behind the bench, near the viewing screen, at Mudbank. It repeatedly returned to a Hawthorn directly behind the bench and often showed very well. Having said that it, it was typically hyperactive and unusually quiet.


  1. Lovely photo of the YBW Matt you got your wish, well spotted.... I'm behind you moment!!! See you Soon

  2. Thanks Derek - a really showy one for a change. I've a terrible track record of awful YBW photos. This is my twelfth Exmouth bird but the most photogenic by far. Hope it sticks. See you soon. Matt.

  3. Very smart YBW Matt. A good local bird to see.

  4. Hi Neil - yes always good to get one locally. A bit of a surprise as numbers haven't been great in the south-west this autumn. I expect a few winterers have yet to be unearthed though. All the best. Matt.