Saturday 4 November 2023

Mudbank SEO

Orcombe wasn't as good today. A strong westerly forced many of the 3000+ Woodpigeons down to hedge height, but seemed to stop other species moving. Other sightings included 7 Dark-bellied Brent Geese (see above photo), 2 Little Egrets, 1 Snipe and a late Painted Lady butterfly. A look at the sea revealed 3 Great Northern Divers, 1 Common Scoter, a handful of Gannets and a smart drake Eider.

A Short-eared Owl flushed from scrub down at Mudbank, shortly before midday - my sixth so far this year in Exmouth. I would never had found it, had it not been for all the attention it was receiving from four dive-bombing Carrion Crows. A Great Northern Diver was off there too, along with the usual stuff, although 6 Knot and 2 Grey Plovers are perhaps worthy of a mention.

 Little Egret - Shelly Beach.

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