Saturday, 7 January 2012

Otter Estuary and beach

A Great Northern Diver was feeding just off the river mouth at Budleigh, close in to the beach late morning. 4 Common Scoter flew west. Adult Mediterranean Gull on estuary from lower viewing platform. Water Rail showing well on river's edge reedbed opposite the upper viewing platform. A Kingfisher was in the ditch behind the new hide and 3 Stonechats were in the vicinity of the cricket pitch and Lime Kilns car park. No sign of Snow Bunting, although I see that it's been reported on Birdguides. Anyone have precise details as to where it is being seen?

At Exmouth late this afternoon, my first Blackcap of this winter, a male, showed in the valley opposite Greenfingers garden centre entrance and below Scott Drive.

As an aside, referring to Rupert's post below, there were 3 Goldeneyes (one drake) in the same spot off Shelly Beach about one week before Christmas and I had 5 there Jan 1st.