Two short spells of birding today - this afternoon's being far more productive than this morning's. I did Orcombe at 0530 this morning, but only managed to find a single sedge warbler and an utterly predictable, high-flying great northern diver. It headed high north inland.
Thank you to Lee and Keith for your texts this afternoon. Lee texted me about a roseate tern off the Warren. I picked it up off the seafront - a lovely 'pinky' individual fishing with about a dozen sandwich tern. Also, off the seafront this afternoon, were c15+ black-headed gull and a first-summer mediterranean gull.
Keith texted me about a couple red kites NE over Bowling Green, so I thought I'd check the river off the Imperial and scan Haldon ridge at the same time. I very quickly picked up 2 red kites heading fast north along Haldon ridge at about 1710, and a third individual circling over the other side of the river shortly afterwards. There are clearly stacks of birds around at the moment. Also off the Imperial this afternoon were 8 great crested grebe, 1 hobby, 1 peregrine and c20+ swift.
Great Northern Diver - at least 70 recorded off Orcombe so far this spring, assuming of course that the same birds aren't being re-counted.
Recently fledged Dunnock.