Thursday, 25 August 2016


Pied Flycatcher and Wheatear
It was good today by Orcombe standards. So good in fact that following an early morning visit (0645 - 0855) I went up again mid-afternoon. The majority of birds were recorded early on but combined totals for the day included 3+ 'Alba' Wagtails, c35+ Yellow Wagtails, 17+ Tree Pipits, 20+ Wheatears, 3 Chiffchaffs, 1+ Sedge Warbler, 6 Whitethroats, 5+ Grey Wagtails, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 9+ Willow Warblers, 1 Green Sandpiper, 1  Reed Bunting, 1 Snipe and 1 Whinchat.
Most of the wagtails and all of the Tree Pipits went straight over but a mobile and very skittish flock of 15 Yellow Wagtails was grounded, despite the absence of any cattle up there at the moment. Grey Wagtail, Green Sandpiper, Snipe and Reed Bunting were all autumn 'firsts' for Orcombe and, incredibly, today's Willow Warblers were the first I've recorded since the spring!
Off Mudbank there were 12 Mediterranean Gulls, 11 Common Gulls, 12 Wigeon, 4 Yellow Wagtails, 1 Knot and 1 Whimbrel.

Maiden's Blush - immigrant species trapped last night included 18 Rusty-dot Pearl, 2 Silver Y, 3 Rush Veneer and 1 Diamond-back Moth

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