Sunday 4 May 2014

Quiet Times

Not much in the way of birds but the large numbers of green-winged orchids in flower on Orcombe means it's very pleasant being out and about. Exmouth beach and Dawlish Warren are visible in the background in the above photo. Birds seen this morning include 25+ sandwich tern, 1 dark-bellied brent goose, 2 great crested grebe, 4 shelduck, 4 blackcap, 5 chiffchaff, 11 whitethroat, c30+ common scoter, 4 wheatear, 8 whimbrel, 1 swallow, 1 mistle thrush and, unusually, 1 redpoll sp north. 
A quick look off the Imperial ground produced c40+ black-headed gull, 1 fs mediterranean gull, 1 wheatear and 1 bar-tailed godwit. Yesterday there were 7 pale-bellied brent goose and 5 bar-tailed godwit. I was relieved to finally get my first spring swift (2) over the house today and yesterday evening my first 'Exmouth spring' sedge warbler singing on Orcombe Point.

green-winged orchid - this flower carpets two fields on Orcombe Point and seems to spread a bit each year.

wheatear - a large ghostly pale male

holly blue revealing the beautiful upperwing (not often visible) - good numbers present in and around the garden today

Berry Head

the Exe - looking across towards Powderham

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