Drake Lesser Scaup (left) with 3 Greater Scaup (male and 2 females) off Shelly beach this morning. Originally found from Dawlish Warren, by Ivan, right over in the corner of the estuary off the saltmarsh. Lee phoned me and I shot down to Shelly Beach where all four birds were just 'dots', probably over a mile away. After a while they all took off and very fortuitously pitched down in true Exmouth waters, just this side of Bull Hill, before again taking off and flying upriver. A most unexpected Exmouth tick! Views were never great but the drake Lesser Scaup was fairly easy to pick out on head-shape as you can see in the above photo. Also off there this morning - 5 Red-breasted Mergansers and 7 Eider (asleep on Bull Hill). Good to bump in to Steph, Rob and Bob this morning and many thanks to Ivan and Lee.
This afternoon - the wintering Common Sandpiper again in the brook, viewed from the Highland Garage.
Common Sandpiper - the brook.