Saturday 26 October 2013

Saturday 26th October

A relative lull in the weather saw some overhead movement and a corresponding increase in finches around Greenland Lake. Vismig totals included 110+ Meadow Pipit, 77 Goldfinch, 66 Linnet, 22 Siskin, 15 Chaffinch, 11 Raven, nine Redwing, nine Reed Bunting, four Redpoll, four Swallow, three Rook, a Brambling and a Merlin. On the deck the juvenile Cirl Bunting was in Greenland Lake and there was a site record count of Robin with a minimum of 64 equalling the total noted on 24/10/2012, counts of 43 Dunnock and 21 Wren were also record tallies, neatly illustrating these species aren't just residents, other migrants included six Chiffchaff, a Blackcap and a Wheatear. Elsewhere a first year Little Gull flew south early morning, the Slavonian Grebe, five Mediterranean Gull, four Greenshank, two Black-tailed Godwit and a Lapwing were in the estuary with other high tide counts including 290 Dunlin, 149 Redshank, 32 Ringed Plover, 17 Shelduck, 13 Grey Plover and five Sanderling. The Black Brant was reported in the afternoon, the first sighting on the Exe since 6th October.

Wildlife News: Both Migrant Hawker and Common Darter were still on the wing.

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