The two immature Spoonbill that have frequented the top end of the Exe Estuary since 19th August finally made it down to the site this evening, actively feeding along the shallows of Shutterton Creek swaying their bills side to side feeling on morsels to eat that included some small fish. Foraging along the margins of the creek were 173 Redshank and two Greenshank. And oddly, one of this evening's two Wheatear was stood way out on the mudflats.
The clear fresh air and bright evening sunshine was in sharp contrast to the deluge earlier this afternoon and from early morning the menacing gloom impeded birding. Persistence in wooded areas still managed counts of 14 Long-tailed Tit, ten Blue Tit, eight Great Tit, seven Blackcap, six Chiffchaff, two Willow Warbler and single Sparrowhawk and Great Spotted Woodpecker.
Two Snipe flew over before the rain arrived and later in the wetness a juv Little Ringed Plover was in The Bight and 17 Sanderling were along the beach.