Sunday 19 May 2019

Local Patch, East Devon Commons & Exmoor NP

I have been enjoying birding the local patch over the last week. Nothing out of the ordinary, but some nice things to keep me interested. Also spent yesterday afternoon with the Mrs on Exmoor. Highlights have been:

Med Gulls - at least 5 birds off-shore on the 16th May 2 2nd Cal Year and 3 3rd Cal Year birds feeding and then drifting east
Bar-tailed Godwits - 2 birds on the estuary on the 17th May present since at least the 15th May
Black-tailed Godwits - 2 birds this evening on the scrape
Wigeon - a drake still on the Otter this evening 
Shelduck - a family group with 9 young on the Otter this evening
Dartford Warbler - a pair on the East Devon Commons today
Nightjar - a bird churring in the day on the East Devon Commons today
Whinchat - great to see a very high density on Exmoor

Rainbow over the Otter Estuary

Bar-tailed Godwits on the Otter Estuary

Mediterranean Gulls, Budleigh Salterton

Whinchat, Exmoor National Park

Common Cuckoo, Exmoor National Park

Canada Goose Family, Bystock Pool

Common Shelduck Family, Otter Estuary

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