Another day of variety with passerines slightly more notable than yesterday, but very quiet offshore. A Firecrest in the Entrance Bushes was the first of the year, with mixed flocks of 80+ Greenfinch, 80+ Linnet and 40+ Goldfinch across site along with 12 Chiffchaff, four Goldcrest, three Reed Bunting, a Redwing, a Blackcap and a Dartford Warbler.
Overhead 60+ Skylark, 32 Jackdaw, nine Rook, a few Chaffinch, two Siskin, a Lesser Redpoll and a late Swallow.
In the estuary, a Purple Sandpiper on Finger Point this afternoon was another first for the year, also there 63 Great Black-backed and two Yellow-legged Gull (ad & sw). A Ruff present over the morning tide was the bird that has been accompanying Black-tailed Godwit at Mudbank, Exmouth, a very high count of 520 of the latter were present in the Railway Saltmarsh, so it no doubt arrived with them.
Other counts included 399 Dunlin, 324 Curlew, 264 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, including 66 juvs, 237 Redshank, 58 Turnstone, 53 Bar-tailed Godwit, 39 Ringed Plover, 37 Shelduck, 23 Mediterranean Gull, 11 Greenshank, three Knot, the Spotted Redshank and single Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Pintail and Little Grebe.
Wildlife News: Two Grey Seal were in the estuary. Late news from yesterday of a second Crimson Speckled.
Came across one today just beyond the visitor's centre - I understand that this species is a very rare migrant (?) pic.twitter.com/FfP9cQJksJ— Matthew Rogers (@mattrogers70) October 23, 2022