Sunday 11 October 2015

Black Reds


Sallow - found beside a light in the Bristol Schools Camp.
I covered Orcombe with Nick from dawn this morning and then popped back up there this afternoon. I also had a wander around West Down Beacon and Budleigh Golf Course. I must have walked about 10 miles today but it was an absolute pleasure to be out. Orcombe totals included 18+ Goldcrest, 1 Grey Heron, 2 Black Redstart, 9 Siskin, 22+ Starling, c10+ Chiffchaff, 3+ Song Thrush, 1 Curlew, 1 Swallow, 9+ Skylark, 1 Stonechat and 1 Wheatear. Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtails were a pretty constant presence overhead. On our way back to the cars we bumped into Nick's neighbour Carl who gripped us off with stunning photos of a Dartford Warbler, taken earlier in the morning along the coast path just up from the Geoneedle.
West Down Beacon/Budleigh Golf Course - 1 Redpoll, 8+ House Martin, 3+ Crossbill (probably up to 8), 1 Jay, 6+ Chiffchaff, 3+ Coal Tit, c20/30+ Goldcrest and 1 Nuthatch.
Finally, an adult Mediterranean Gull was catching insects above our house this afternoon, along with several Black-headed Gulls.

The second of 2 Black Redstarts on Orcombe today. This one was on the Foxholes estate.


Coal Tit - this one looked pretty grey on top but it's so difficult to judge colour tone unless you get them in perfect light.


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