Tuesday 7 November 2023

Tuesday 7th November

Early morning skywatching was rewarded by a juvenile Hen Harrier which flew low SW across from Exmouth and down length of the spit just after 8am. Only the 15th Warren record and the first since 3rd Nov 2010. Other passage closely mirrored that date with 4410 Woodpigeon, 56 Jackdaw, 18 Stock Dove and three Rook, also overhead 38 Goldfinch, 23 Chaffinch and 11 Siskin.

Bar-tailed Godwit - Dean Hall

The immature Spoonbill roosted on Finger Point, with 51 Shelduck also in the estuary, over counts were much lower on the neap tide. A juvenile Arctic Skua in The Bight before settling behind the Golf Course was unseasonal.

Elsewhere an immature ♂ Eider and a Great Northern Diver were offshore, with a roving flock of 19 Long-tailed Tit, occasionally held four Goldcrest and two Chiffchaff.

Other Wildlife: The late autumn duo of Red Admiral and Common Darter were joined by a Specked Wood and a Southern Hawker. Also noted were a few Marmalade and Long Hoverfly, Common Dronefly and Noon Fly.

Red Admiral - Alan Keatley

Common Darter - Alan Keatley

Noon Fly - Alan Keatley

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