Friday, 18 November 2011

Otter Estuary / Budleigh

Sadly, nothing as exciting as a Desert Wheater today, but the 2 Snow Buntings remain faithful to the beach. Wigeon numbers are at around 150+, Common Scoter flock off Otter Head is at least 120+ birds but too far out and choppy to give them the attention they deserve.
Yesterday - Following news of the 3 Pink-footed Geese at nearby Otterton, I optimistically had a very late look at the scrapes yesterday evening which produced 1 European White-fronted Goose and another bird roosting (probably the same species) but the light was terrible as it was 16.55hrs! Wish I got there earlier! No sign first thing or last thing today.
Also belated news from the weekend when a group of 9 Grey Partridge were in fields between Otter Head and Brandy Head. Not sure of their origins and the first time I have seen them here.