Monday 24 August 2015

Feeling Autumnal

After a very successful weekend at the Bird Fair all weekend on the Wise Birding Holidays stand, I was eager to get back to the patch where it seemed distinctly autumnal today. I was hoping for a Wood Sandpiper as it seemed to be literally raining Wood Sands yesterday with an incredible count of  34 birds yesterday at Black Hole Marsh, Seaton just to the east of us.

No luck with Wood Sandpiper, but 2 Green Sandpiper on the estuary was noteworthy for the Otter as were 2 Sanderling this evening. Other highlights today around the estuary and the top fields were:
10+ Wigeon
15+ Teal
1 Whimbrel
5 Dunlin
5 Ringed Plover
1 Black-tailed Godwit
8+ Wheatear 
1 Whinchat

1st year Great Black-baked Gull, Budleigh beach

Juvenile Ringed Plover, Otter Estuary

Adult Sanderling, Otter Estuary

Juvenile Sanderling, Otter Estuary

Adult Little Egret, Otter Estuary

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