Saturday 14 May 2016

First Tree Pipit

Tree Pipit - Orcombe Point - dreadful shot of a great little bird.

It has taken me until today to finally get a Tree Pipit on Orcombe this spring. A brief bird early this morning. Also 15+ Dunlin, 5 Great Crested Grebes, 6 Common Terns, 23+ Sandwich Terns and 4 Sanderling. A smart Grey Plover was on a sand bar further along the seafront, along with 3 Black-headed Gulls.
I also managed to get Hobby on the Exmouth year list today with 2 birds over the house - the first high west at 1330 and another north-east'ish  just 10 minutes later.
I spent the last 2 hours of daylight walking the dog on the East Devon Commons, and was rewarded with at least 1 Short-eared Owl, 1 Lesser Redpoll, c5+ Siskins, 2 Hobbies, 2 Kestrels, 1 Dartford Warbler, 1 Green Woodpecker, 2 Tawny Owls and 1 Nightjar. The latter started its 'churring' at 9.15pm.

Magpie and Green-winged Orchids.

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