Exeter patch birding at its best

Back on furlough for the next 4 weeks so more time for my local patch in exeter between the  mill on the Exe and start of flood relief channel at st David’s a summary of last 3 days excellent birding 

Friday 6th Watched from 07:00 till 11:30

11000+ wood pigeon south mostly before 09:00, amazing  thrush passage all north/ north east mostly viewed at Exeter st David’s end of flood relief channel totals 8000+ redwing, 2500+ feldfare, 80+ mistle thrush  30+ song thrush , great views of a Great egret flew in low from the west and headed up river at 10:15 and earlier a merlin headed north also 2 redpoll, small numbers of Siskin and skylarks, 1 peregrine , 2 sparrowhawk, 2 kingfisher, 2 dippers, 2 grey wagtail, 6 chiffchaff, 4 little egrets

Saturday 7th watched from 07:00 till 10:30

only 600+ redwing and 12+ fieldfare again all north east , 3 little grebes on the river and brief views of an otter actively fishing before putting the little grebes into a panic as it headed into the far bank and disappearing , 1 water pipit flew south calling a new patch tick , 10+ meadow pipit, 6+ chiffchaff, 1 kingfisher, 2 dipper; 1 grey wagtail, 3 little egrets

sunday 8th watched from 07:00 till10:00

132+ redwing 12+ skylark all east most surprising was a male red kite flew in low from the West 08:32 being harassed by local crows before gaining height and heading east over the river at st David’s before being lost to view, 1 peregrine, 1 buzzard, 2 sparrowhawk, 2 kingfisher, 2 dipper, 2  grey wagtail , 3 little egrets

Posted November 8th, 2020 at 10:37 pm by Keith Birchall in Bird News