Saturday 2 April 2016

Willow Warbler and more Pale-bellied Brents.


Willow Warbler - one of 2 on Orcombe today. Another moved through our garden this afternoon.
It looks like the anticipated Pale-bellied Brent Goose movement has started already. There were 4 on Maer Rocks first thing this morning (including yesterday's bird) and 11 in the estuary, off the Imperial, this afternoon. Also on Orcombe today - 18 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 8+ Sandwich Tern, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Manx Shearwater, 1 Fulmar, 1 Diver sp, 2 Auk sp, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 2 Great Northern Diver, 1 fw/s Mediterranean Gull, 5 Common Scoter, 4+ Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 7 Meadow Pipit, 9 Linnet, 1 Goldcrest and 1 Swallow.
Off the Imperial, in addition to the aforementioned Pale-bellied Brents, there were 3 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 34 Sandwich Tern and a (white?) ringed first-summer Mediterranean Gull.

The Pale-bellied Brents - looking from the Imperial towards Mudbank.

This Comma was in the garden this afternoon. Several Peacocks and a couple Green-veined Whites were also seen today.

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