Friday 5 October 2018

Friday 5th October

A first winter drake Red-crested Pochard in Shutterton Creek with the Wigeon was an unexpected highlight, only the fourth confirmed site record, after birds in 1997, 1999 & 2013. Like the individual in 1997 this bird was found at Mudbank, Exmouth. Also in the estuary 800+ Wigeon, 366 Teal, 211 Curlew, 176 Redshank, 35 Ringed and 11 Grey Plover, 14 Sanderling, 11 Bar-tailed Godwit, five Greenshank and the Slavonian Grebe.

Offshore three Balearic Shearwater flew south, the two juvenile Black-throated Diver remained, almost joined at the hip so presumably from the same brood, eight presumed Red-breasted Merganser flew past in the fog and the two Eider were off the seawall. Elsewhere three figure flocks of Linnet and Goldfinch remained on site and overhead the first Redwing of the autumn, two Mistle Thrush, 22 Siskin, 14 Skylark and 10 Chaffinch.

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