Friday, 4 May 2012

Exmouth

Mudbank - 1930 - iceland gull, probably a first-winter, with large gull roost this evening. Also 40+ whimbrel and c150+ black-headed gull.
Orcombe Point - 0535 and 1530 - a reasonably good fall with 10+ blackcap, 18+ wheatear, 8 whinchat (much higher numbers than usual this spring), 4+ chiffchaff, 9+ willow warbler, 2 lesser whitethroat, 18+ whitethroat, 1 reed warbler, 1 sedge warbler, 2 yellow wagtail and 1 redstart. Note some of the blackcap and whitethroat and probably all chiffies will be breeders. Also c20+ swallow, 4 sand martin, 4 house martin, 10 swift (all east), 1+ whimbrel, 3 great crested grebe, 3 common tern and 4 eider.
3/5 - a small number of migrants on Orcombe Point included 1 grasshopper warbler, 1 garden warbler and 1 lesser whitethroat. Good numbers of waders off Mudbank included 25+ grey plover, 5+ knot and 62+ bar-tailed godwit.