Sunday 5 September 2021

Sunday 5th September

An adult Spoonbill was a brief visitor from Exminster Marshes on the morning tide with the first 11 Avocet of the autumn pausing before they settle at the top of the estuary. A Spotted Redshank was however the highlight, only the second site record since 2014, and also 'borrowed' from the north end. 

Spoonbill - Lee Collins

Avocet - Lee Collins

Also in the estuary single Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper, two Ruff556 Dunlin339 Curlew, 298 Redshank267 Ringed Plover, 28 Knot, 27 Sanderling, 19 Bar and a Black-tailed Godwit, eight Greenshank, five Grey Plover, five Teal, four Mediterranean Gull, four Turnstone, two Wigeon, two Shelduck and with 80+ Canada Goose, the second site record of Snow Goose, the same bird as last year and an Exe Estuary resident. 

Terns remained in high numbers with 447 Common, two Black and an Arctic Tern in the morning with 980 Common and a singe Black Tern returning to roost in the evening.

Elsewhere migrants included single Grasshopper Warbler and Redstart , three Whitethroat, Reed and Willow Warbler, two Sedge Warbler and two Wheatear. Overhead single Tree Pipit, Yellow and Grey Wagtail, 48 Swallow and eight House Martin. Offshore two Balearic Shearwater in the evening and a Tufted Duck south early morning.

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