Sunday 12 February 2023

Sunday 12th February

WeBS count day for the Exe, so numbers were much reduced from yesterday with 56 Redshank, 28 Sanderling, five Greenshank and single Golden Plover and Black-tailed Godwit the more notable additions, along with the two immature Spoonbill again on Finger Point, but there was no sign of yesterday's bird. Other counts included 2,400 Dunlin (post WeBS), 196 Grey Plover, 185 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 118 Curlew, 70 Knot, 66 Bar-tailed Godwit, 42 Ringed Plover, 42 Teal, 37 Wigeon, four Red-breasted Merganser, two Avocet and a Peregrine.

Elsewhere much reduced numbers offshore with 14 Great Crested Grebe, nine Common Scoter, five Red-throated and four Great Northern Diver, two Redwing and two Goldcrest were in the bushes and the Shoveler count on the Main Pond climbed to nine, with five male and four female.

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