Tuesday, 25 March 2014

First Wheatear

It has been a long time coming. Last year I saw my first wheatear on March 9th. This evening's bird was a very flighty and unapproachable individual in the top fields on Orcombe Point. Also present c40+ linnet, 3 song thrush and 2 chiffchaff with 19 dark-bellied brent geese and 3 turnstone on Maer Rocks.  The siberian chiffchaff is still present at the back of the garden and the glaucous gull is still loitering around the Quay carpark. It has an increased number of parasites around its eye on the right side of its head.

Male pied wagtail on Exmouth Quay.

Note the parasite distribution around the eye - they appear to have multiplied.

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