Tuesday 22 October 2019

Tuesday 22nd October

In a light NNW breeze and after fog banks had rolled out of the estuary mouth and dispersed, visible migration resumed with counts of c.3,900 Woodpigeon, 254 Jackdaw, 138 Goldfinch, 72 Stock Dove, 28 Meadow Pipit, 25 alba wagtail, 12 Rook, five Siskin, three Skylark, three Song Thrush, two Swallow, and singles of Lesser Black-backed Gull, Kestrel (plus the resident male), Collared Dove and a Chaffinch.  Migration orientations of these species were typical for this time of the year.  In the bushes, three Chiffchaff, two Goldcrest and the immature Sparrowhawk again hunted low over the ground.

The Aylesbury Duck accompanied 33 Mallard as they rose from the Main Pond and headed down the coast towards Dawlish town at dawn.  Casual scans at the sea picked up eight Common Scoter, five auk spp, a Sandwich Tern and a Red-breasted Merganser

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