- morning update -
The juv White-winged Black Tern was off Shelly Beach and Cockle Sands, Exmouth this morning, watched from Warren Point. It didn't venture within the recording area, but some of the assembled throng did with 553 Black-headed Gull feeding briefly along the main Exe channel.
Also on the ebbing morning tide, 1107 Oystercatcher, 307 Curlew, 207 Dunlin, 91 Ringed Plover, 85+ Redshank, 42 Sandwich Tern, 34 Great Black-backed Gull, 23 Mute Swan, 18 Cormorant, 18 Common Tern flew out to sea in small groups; 14 Grey Plover, 14 Black-tailed Godwit, nine Mediterranean Gull, five Whimbrel, five Bar-tailed Godwit, four Greenshank, three juv Shelduck, three Grey Heron, three Sanderling, two Little Egret and a Turnstone. One the Whimbrel was ringed and a returning bird, details to follow.
In calm conditions before the remnants of 'Hurricane Gert', two Common Scoter and a Fulmar indicated just how quiet things were at sea before its predicted arrival.
Overhead, post-roost feeding low of the estuary and later moving ahead of the rain band, 50 Swallow, 15 House Martin, six Swift, a Sand Martin and a Grey Wagtail. Largely abandoned compared to yesterday, the bushes supported only low single-figures of the regular warblers, and a Wheatear was on the gold course.