Saturday 19 September 2015

Stuff Moving

Two visits to Orcombe today - an hour after dawn, before football, and a short whizz around after lunch. Plenty of stuff moving first thing - totals for the day - 5 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 2+ Redpoll, 1 Stonechat, 6+ Wheatear, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Coal Tit, c10/15+ Robin (an apparent increase), 9+ Chiffchaff, c100+ Meadow Pipit, c10+ alba wagtail, 1+ Yellow Wagtail, 4+ Grey Wagtail, 13+ Siskin, c50+ Goldfinch, 4+ House Martin, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Turnstone, 1 Blackcap, 31 Ringed Plover, 24 Sanderling and 5 Dunlin. There were also small numbers of Linnet, Chaffinch and Swallow passing through.

Robins were much in evidence this morning, 'ticking' from seemingly every patch of scrub. Only 6 Wheatear though.

A family of 5 Pale-bellied Brent Geese - 2 adults (left) and 3 juveniles. These birds were on Maer Rocks at dawn and were still just offshore as I drove back for breakfast. Always a treat to see.

I was chuffed to find a mixed flock of Ringed Plover, Sanderling and Dunlin on the beach just the other side of the Lifeboat Station. They looked stunning in the early morning light but of course wouldn't allow a close approach. These images are heavily cropped.

The few grounded migrants today included this Spotted Flycatcher in the Top Fields.

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