As we left the house this morning, I had 2 flyover Skylarks (quite a scarce bird in Yeovil). Headed to Blagdon Lake first, and after we had picked up some Permits from Woodford Lodge we went to the hide at the Top End. I couldn't pick out the temminck's stint but did have 2 Great White Egrets, a Pintail and a group of Barnacle Geese. We moved further up the lake towards Wookie Point to scan the mud but still no luck, though there were lots of Wheatear and many Jays.
We rushed off to Brean Down after the news broke of a Pallas's Warbler, which showed almost as soon as we arrived at the Farm Entrance. Although others apparently had great views, I only managed to see it when it flitted about and flew between the trees. It certainly proved itself to be a far more mobile species than Yellow-Browed! We also saw singles of Short-Eared Owl, Siskin and Blackcap, 2 Peregrines and 3 Ravens.
Went back to Exmouth this morning. This time I watched from imperial road on the outgoing tide, but apparently missed the cackling goose by about 30 seconds in the bay as most of the geese flew further up the estuary! Scanning the now distant flock failed to locate it, but I did find the adult Black Brant. Eventually the whole flock flew up and moved further up the estuary out of sight. Shortly after, I scanned the Brent and Canada Geese still in the bay, and there was the RIDGWAY'S CACKLING GOOSE just in front of me! It must have flown back with some brents when the large flock flew up.
RIDGWAY'S CACKLING GOOSE
It was good to get to grips with this species first hand even though it probably isn't tickable. Further scanning produced a 1st winter Pale-Bellied Brent Goose and 5 Pintail in the bay, a Great Black-Backed Gull and a Peregrine perched on a patch of grass in the middle of the estuary.
Pale-Bellied Brent Goose
A quick look off Topshom Quey produced little more than a Kingfisher and 2 Grey Herons.
Watched Yeovil Openspace 0800 to 1100hrs. Weather and visability were rubbish, so only managed singles of Siskin and Grey Wagtail, 2 Blackcaps, 3 each of Chiffchaff and Goldcrest and 5 flyover Meadow Pipits.