Sunday 11 May 2014

Great Northern Divers

A good passage of great northern divers this morning. I watched from the beach huts from 0545 to 0715 and counted 32, all heading west. Some were a long way out and some gave reasonably good views as they powered in towards Dawlish Bay. Great northern divers are always a feature at this time of year and it's not unusual for them to cut right across Orcombe Point on an apparent northerly bearing. I can remember, a few years ago, having one go high overhead upriver as I stood on the Clyst viewing platform in Topsham. Also a probable 2s yellow-legged gull, 5 common scoter, 1 common gull, 1+ fulmar, 12+ dunlin, 1+ sanderling, 2 whimbrel, 5 house martin and 12 swallow.
The next couple of hours was spent covering Orcombe with Nick. It was too blown out but we got a singing garden warbler and a couple wheatear for our efforts.

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