Saturday 15 August 2015

Orcombe Migrants

Two Green Sandpipers were the pick of today's migrants. They're not even annual on Orcombe. I think this is my fourth record but I should really check. There seems to be a 'crap photo of high-flying sandpipers' theme developing here.
Today's Orcombe totals include 6+ Willow Warbler, 6+ Whitethroat, 2+ Wheatear, 1 Tree Pipit, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap and 2 Green Sandpiper. This constitutes quite a reasonable tally for Orcombe. A single Kestrel was notable as they've not bred on Orcombe this year. A very quick look off Mudbank this afternoon produced 3+ Mediterranean Gull and 3 Little Tern.

Tree Pipit


Slurry Pit - Top Fields. This is where the two Green Sands were hiding. The tiny size, steep vegetated sides and close proximity of the Exe estuary combine to make this highly undesirable to waders. Until now, a Greenshank that almost landed here before seeing sense and flying off, was the only wader I've recorded here!

Wheatear - one of 2 or 3 present today.

Common Grass-veneer - Agriphila tristella

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