Saturday 16 December 2023

This Week

Pale-bellied Brent Geese - Mudbank. Two of ten yesterday.

Still very quiet in this neck of the woods. The eight Eiders were just inside the estuary as the tide dropped, and 4 Greenshank were off Mudbank, but I was feeling too lazy to count anything else. I cycled into Exeter but the only sighting of note was a flock of c50 Redwings over West Lodge.
Also today - 17 Redwings and 1 Fieldfare on Orcombe Point, along with c30+ Linnets, c15 Meadow Pipits and 3 Chiffchaffs.
Yesterday off Mudbank - 200+ Pintail, 16 Great Crested Grebes, 10 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and 72+ Common Gulls. A quick whiz around Orcombe Point produced 1 Firecrest, 5+ Chiffchaffs, 1 Snipe, c60/70+ Skylarks and a male Bullfinch.
On 11/12 there was a Firecrest and Treecreeper near 'Bumble and Tee, Phear Park, and a Common Sandpiper in the brook, just opposite the entrance to the park.

Chiffchaff - one of three on the dung heap today. 

Common Sandpiper - in the brook near Phear Park - 11/12. This is presumably a returning bird.

Red-breasted Merganser - Shelly Beach 11/12.

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