Firecrest in cliff-top scrub - Orcombe Point 23/3/16
Orcombe was very quiet today. An early morning visit and a brief afternoon visit produced just 1 Wheatear, 1 Blackcap, 2 Stonechat (up to 14 have recorded on Orcombe so far this spring), 4 Long-tailed Tits and a couple Chiffchaffs. A look at the river was more productive with a single flock of 40 Red-breasted Mergansers representing the largest flock I've seen this year. Also off there my first Sandwich Tern of 2016, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 5 Wigeon, 1 Goldeneye, 80+ Turnstone, 30+ Brent Geese and a smart adult summer-plumaged Mediterranean Gull.
Early Yesterday morning I watched a party of 7 Sand Martins head low west across the river and 9 Brent Geese flew high east over Orcombe, clearly heading for pastures new.
The day before yesterday I found another Firecrest on Orcombe whilst doing a rapid pre-work circuit. It has already been a record-breaking spring for this species on Orcombe though it's very difficult to work out how many I've seen. Possibly as many as seven but more likely just 2 or 3!
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