Exmouth - pm edit

Orcombe Point - 0700 - c50+ chaffinch, 2+ brambling, c20+ goldfinch, 5+ siskin, 1+ redpoll, 1 greenfinch, 1 bullfinch, 1 prob snow bunting (flight call once only but sounded fine), 3 reed bunting, 1+ grey wagtail, 1 raven, 1 sparrowhawk, 1 fieldfare, 1 hirundine sp (prob swallow), 2 goldcrest, 1 chiffchaff, 1 siberian chiffchaff, 3+ pied wagtail, 10 starling, 1 very late wheatear, 1 little egret, 5 song thrush, c40+ skylark, c20+ meadow pipit, 2 coal tit, 2 snipe and, of course, the juv white-fronted goose. Also 900+ woodpigeon moving north. All were moving over Exmouth, largely behind me, so I probably missed lots as I concentrated on other stuff. Best bird without doubt was my first Orcombe siberian chiffchaff which moved rapidly through the long hedge bordering the 'goose' field, continually calling a flat, dunnock-like 'fee' (which I actually managed to sound-record) - a really smart bird. On Maer rocks late pm 6+ turnstone and now 3 purple sandpiper. Also great crested grebe offshore.

siberian chiffchaff - showing the typical plumage tones
siberian chiffchaff - showing the typical plumage tones

last seen in a single sallow in the corner of the field
last seen in a single sallow in the corner of the field

little egret
little egret

Posted November 10th, 2013 at 12:45 pm by Matt Knott in Bird News