Around the exe

A stunning days birding around the exe watched from 07:30 till 17:00

Started at exmouth / orcombe along the seafront 2 groups of Brent geese flew in ( 37 & 4 ), also 6 wigeon and 2 Dunlin, skylarks started flying over, then picked up 59 woodpigeon over orcombe point going south then it went mad just after 08:00 as I stood just before the lifeboat station first big group of wood pigeon started streaming out south (4000+) in total over the next 4 hours continuous movement south produced 91300+ woodpigeon largest group was 27000+ a stunning spectacle my highest day count.

also 300+ stock dove , 212+ skylark, 2 brambling and 1 short eared owl from long way out flew in then over exmouth heading north east , 30+ chaffing, 12+ Siskin, 2 possible woodlark but I’d not clinched. Lots of stuff missed as busy counting the large wood pigeon movement as lots of calls going over 

Up on orcombe 5+ stonechat and 40+ skylark, 5 chiffchaff.

moved up to bowling green marsh for the afternoon from 13:00 till 17:00

A low hide but the good birds kept coming first was a red crested pochard appeared to be an eclipse male or a first winter male but on seen for less than a minute before it went into the channel on far left side of main scrape whilst loooking for the bird to reappear found another eclipse male red crested pochard much more advance with extensive black on breast where none on other bird. Then a quick view of a possible Juv Garganey which eventually showed well my 3rd on the marsh this autumn.

also 7+ knot, 6+ Dunlin the long staying adult winter ruff, 200+ pintail, 12+ gadwall, 100+ teal, 15+ shoveler, 1 little grebe, 8 little egrets, 32+ greenshank,  52+ lapwing, 1 redshank, 400+ black tailed godwits, 10+ greylag geese, 1 water rail, 9+ Buzzard, 1 Mediterranean gull, 1 juv peregrine

a brief look from the viewing platform got me 400+ Dunlin, 15+ little egret, 6 Mediterranean gulls( 4 adult,1 2nd winter, 1 1st winter, the Osprey showed briefly flying into powderham Park, the juv peregrine caused chaos attempting to catch a Dunlin which escaped by going vertical great to watch.

What a day 


Posted October 19th, 2018 at 7:51 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News