Saturday, 11 January 2020

Saturday 11th January

The highlight was a flock of 25 Cattle Egret in the Railway Saltmarsh early morning, only the sixth site record, but not unexpected as this flock has been present on the Exe for several weeks. 

Very high numbers of gulls were present with c3000 Black-headed and a minimum of 272 Common Gull, both the largest counts since the 1980s, with them five adult Mediterranean and 52 Great Black-backed Gull. Also in the estuary 338 Dark and a Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 65 Redshank, 12 Red-breasted Merganser, two Goldeneye and the Slavonian Grebe.

Elsewhere six Red-throated and 41 Great-crested Grebe were offshore, a Golden Plover flew over the Cuckoo's Nest and two Shoveler were on the Main Pond. 

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