Saturday, 24 May 2014

YLG and Wiff Waff


 first-summer yellow-legged gull

Yet another quiet week bird-wise but very busy work-wise. I haven't done a lot of birding but have managed a few short trips out. This morning just 4 bar-tailed godwit, 2 sanderling and 12 common scoter from the raised beach huts and 2 dark-bellied brent goose, 2 whimbrel and a dunlin off Mudbank. Yesterday morning I did Orcombe at 0530 and had a distant fisrt-summer yellow-legged gull flying east, 30+ sandwich tern, 11+ 'commic' tern, 1 common tern, 1 great northern diver, 1 sanderling and a singing reed warbler. On 22/5 there was an unseasonal pair of shoveler off Mudbank.



 One of 2 juvenile long-tailed tits in the garden this morning.


Lots of heath spotted orchids are in flower on Woodbury Common at the moment. There is also a mixed singing willow warbler or willow warbler x chiffchaff hybrid on territory at the bottom of the main wide track below Woodbury Castle. On the brief and poor views I've had it looks like a willow warbler and sometimes gives perfect willow warbler song, but it also utters a pretty perfect chiffchaff refrain at times and often gives a mixture of the two!

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