The Cattle Egret that I first discovered on the 4th Feb is still roosting on the River or Estuary.
Other highlights over the last couple of weeks have included a single drake Pintail, up to 10 Shoveler, 29 Brent Geese and 9 Stock Dove. Also a female colour-ringed Wigeon that has been returning since it was first ringed in Nov 2016.
Finally, earlier in the week I took a different route and cycled over to Exmouth where I was lucky to see the Northern Mockingbird late in the day with just one other local birder there watching it.
I always consider myself to be very fortunate where I live, and during this difficult time of restricted travel I am exceedingly lucky to live so close to Exmouth! Great to see the local residents have also embraced the rare avian visitor and have put up an NHS donation bucket for local visiting birders.
|The Otter Estuary looking towards Otter Head|
|The Wigeon flock has been a minimum of 230+ birds|
|Shoveler numbers have peaked at 10 birds on the scrapes|
|A single drake Pintail has been present on the scrapes for the last couple of weeks|
|One of the fock of Dark-bellied Brent Geese ranging between 24 - 29 birds|
|Avocet is still a very scarce bird on the estuary|
|Part of today's mega flock of 85 Dunlin!|
|This Cattle Egret I first discovered on the River Otter on the 4th Feb|
|Cattle Egret, River Otter|
|Northern Mockingbird, Exmouth. |
A truly amazing discovery of this North American passerine, found by the owner of the
garden whilst carrying out the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch!
|Brilliant to see one of the local residents had put up this donation bucket for the NHS 👍|