Sunday, 9 February 2014
Sunday 9th February
A rare performance of blue sky and sunshine produced an enviable cast on site with most of the wintering rarities recorded. Offshore the Red-necked Grebe and female Long-tailed Duck were off John's Watch with five Great Northern Diver, whilt six Velvet Scoter were off the seawall. The Siberian Chiffchaff was in the Entrance Bushes with another possible in Dead Dolphin Wood and three Chiffchaff also on site. Off site a first winter Kumlien's Gull was viewable distantly on a sandbar off Mudbank Lane before flying over the estuary mouth towards Exmouth beach, the record for the Exe. Elsewhere the Black Brant was on the Golf Course with c180 Dark-bellied Brent Geese and the Bonaparte's Gull was in the estuary with the Slavonian Grebe, a drake Goldeneye and 21 Sanderling.