Budleigh Salterton and Exmouth

After some heavy showers the Budleigh scrapes adjacent to the Otter Estuary looked a bit more promising and this afternoon the scrape had a Wood Sandpiper. Managed a quick record short before it flew off! Wood Sandpiper, Budleigh Scrapes

Other local sightings of interest in the last few days have included:

An eclipse drake Eider off West Budleigh Cliffs since 4th August
A moulting adult Sanderling off Otter Head rocks on 9th August - unusual here

Common Eider, Budleigh 4th August 2014

Kittiwakes Straight Point

Nearby at Straight Point, Exmouth the Kittiwake colony has produced at least 4 colour-ringed birds in recent days that have come from Finistere in Brittany. Interestingly, these included a couple of juvenile birds that within 10-12 days of fledging arrived in the Exmouth colony. This is the most important colony in Devon with over 160 nests. Productivity has been good this year with 0.67 fledged chicks per pair which is pretty good for Kittiwakes!
If you do see any colour-ringed birds, please email the details to Helen.Booker@rspb.org.uk

Colour-ringed Kittiwake Straight Point, Exmouth 4th August

 

Posted August 11th, 2014 at 7:35 pm by Chris Townend in General Birding