Exmouth

Orcombe Point - 0645 - 0930 and 1545 - 5 mediterranean gull, 1 lesser black-backed gull, 7+ phyllosc sp, 3+ willow warbler, 5+ chiffchaff, 1 grey heron, c10/20+ swallow, 2+ house martin and 1+ late swift. Also 18 yellow wagtail, 2 meadow pipit, 2 spotted flycatcher, 4 tree pipit, 2 wheatear, 2 starling, 6 grey wagtail, 1+ alba wagtail, 2 whitethroat, 1 sedge warbler, 2+ blackcap, 1 whinchat and best of all a marsh harrier which headed northeast. A big thank you to Lee Collins who phoned from the Warren to tell me about the harrier. It was directly overhead when he phoned and I reckon I'd have missed it otherwise! My only other record on Orcombe was of a female or juv that headed out to sea early on the morning of October 2nd 2011.

Belle Vue Rd - 1115 - the osprey again, distantly off Powderham corner.

Mudbank - oddly good for waders this afternoon. I can only assume there is disturbance on other parts of the estuary - 4 redshank, 1 black-tailed godwit, 1 snipe, 26+ dunlin, 1 juv curlew sandpiper, 60+ ringed plover (including a flock of 45 high north), 1 turnstone, 68+ wigeon, 3 pintail, 4 mediterranean gull, 4 common gull, 1 grey wagtail, 1 yellow wagtail, 1 wheatear and a clouded yellow butterfly.

marsh harrier (presumed juv) - only my second on Orcombe
marsh harrier (presumed juv) - only my second on Orcombe

spotted flycatcher - scarce on Orcombe
spotted flycatcher - scarce on Orcombe

Posted September 1st, 2013 at 10:27 am by Matt Knott in Bird News