The Ridgway's Cackling Goose was again off Mudbank Lane, Exmouth today and not with the 150+ Brent Geese within the recording area. Also in the estuary, 440+ Wigeon, 9 Little Egret, 2 Grey Heron, 41 Cormorant, a Sandwich Tern, 5 Grey Plover, 332 Curlew, four Sanderling 100+ Dunlin, 184 Redshank and an exceptional count of 148 Turnstone, the largest count here since 5th January 1989. These were most likely birds displaced from their usual roost on the wall at Starcross and instead took up temporary residence on various boats and buoys. A Kingfisher flew past the front of the hide.
Overhead, 72 Goldfinch flew NE, also 9 Swallow and a few Meadow Pipit; but an Osprey over Exmouth took centre stage. Elsewhere, 8 Siskin near the VC, a few Stonechat, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and finches in the bushes with 50+ Linnet commuting between the saltmarsh and Warren Point.
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