Monday 4 August 2014


Garden Warbler

It was beautifully clear and sunny this morning so I wasn't really expecting any migrant activity but, for Orcombe, it was actually pretty good. The first couple of elders I came to held at least 3 blackcap, a garden warbler, 3 chiffchaffs, a willow warbler and a whitethroat. The dense scrub could well have held much more but there are limits to how long I can stay in one spot without getting itchy feet. Near the Geoneedle the first of three sedge warblers revealed itself and there was a wheatear near the seating area with a further two in the Dung Field. Also seen this morning were 2 pied wagtail, 1 rook, 5 teal, 1 whimbrel, 1 curlew, 18+ sandwich tern and c30+ sanderling. Butterfly numbers were again fantastic with three painted ladies and at least 4 clouded yellows the clear highlights.

Off Mudbank there were 21+ whimbrel, 4 dunlin, 9 black-tailed godwit and 4+ mediterranean gull.

Willow Warbler

Five Teal - 'in-off'.

Sedge Warbler - one of at least 3 seen.

Wheatear - near the Geoneedle

Wheatear - on dung in the Dung Field.

Clouded Yellow - Dung Field - one of at least 4 this morning.

Clouded Yellow - near the Geoneedle.

Painted Ladies - 2 of three seen.

First-summer Herring Gull - Exmouth Beach.

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