Saturday, 19 November 2011

Exmouth

Mudbank - 0800 - 61 turnstone, c150+ dunlin, 1 bar-tailed godwit, 3 grey plover, c50+ redshank, 3 greenshank, female scaup, 2 goldeneye, 11 teal, 5 pale-bellied brent goose, 10+ great crested grebe and 2 peregrine.
Exmouth Docks - fem/juv black redstart.
Maer Rocks - 2 purple sandpiper and 10+ turnstone.
Yesterday - Exmouth Seafront - c30+ common scoter, 2 female eider, 1 great northern diver, c40+ kittiwake and 1 merlin making slow progress across Dawlish Bay towards Orcombe Point.
I have to say I'm astonished at the number of people who 'slammed' the 2009 red-breasted goose as an escape, going to see this one. Can't see much difference in timing and behaviour of the two. To say the 2009 bird didn't turn up with brents is just speculation, as is ticking the current bird on the assumption it came from Russia!