Wednesday 4 May 2016

Cutting Corners

Bang on cue - this Great Northern Diver cut right across Orcombe Point heading south-west just after dawn this morning. It's such a regular spring sight nowadays but they travel so fast that they're always heading away by the time I get the camera out.

I was on Orcombe for 0530 this morning. A Great Northern Diver was the best bird if you don't count the Short-eared Owl that was still hunting the rough fields just up from the Geoneedle. Also seen - 1 Wheatear, 7 Great Crested Grebes and a Common Tern before heading back to get ready for work. Just 10 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and 7 Bar-tailed Godwit were off Mudbank.
Late this afternoon I took the dog for a long walk up on the Commons. At least 1 Hobby, a Wheatear and several Siskins were noted.

This morning's Wheatear with Dawlish Warren and Cockwood in the background.

This Hobby was initially picked up perched. It or another then put on a fantastic aerial display, at times rising so high that it was just a speck in the sky. Paul Gosling had one over Exeter Road this afternoon. That's two I've missed in Exmouth so far this year. Bill MacDonald had one on Orcombe Point a few days ago.

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