Exmouth/Blackhole Marsh

An incredible day - following texts from Matt K of 3, then 12 then 13 Black Terns off Exmouth- joined Brian H at Mudbank Lane at lunchtime and immediately saw a large distant flock of Terns on the last remaining sand bar which included c10 Black Terns including 2-3 adults. Later they showed slightly better from the Imperial Ground but per Martin W had largely dispersed by 2pm as the tide dropped. Also 1 Knot.

Further texts from Phil A of an astonishing 13 then quickly 27 Wood Sandpipers at Blackhole Marsh, Seaton. Arrived at 2pm and after several counts increased the tally to a confirmed 29! Also present the Little Stint, 6-8 Ruff, Green Sand, 3 Common Sands, Greenshank and Ringed Plovers/Dunlins. As we were leaving Phil returned and in no time at all, confirmed 33 Wood Sands!! 

To put this into context the previous maximum flock of Wood Sands in Devon appears to be 10 and the max yearly total 'only' 38.

Posted August 23rd, 2015 at 6:07 pm by Mark Bailey in Bird News