Friday 20 May 2016

This Week

That speck in the sky is a non-breeding plumaged Great Northern Diver heading inland early yesterday morning.

A Short-eared Owl with a sense of humour flew low over the Imperial at 1615 this afternoon before circling high, pretty much directly over our house, for five minutes and then drifting off east. The trouble is I was at the Imperial when it went over, not in the house, thus failing to add it to my precious house list. Also off the Imperial this afternoon - 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, c20+ Sanderling and 2+ Dunlin. Off  Maer Rocks there were 8 Great Crested Grebes, c20+ Sandwich Terns and a Great Northern Diver flew south.
Yesterday an early morning Orcombe Point visit resulted in 1 Great Northern Diver and 4 Great Crested Grebes. Off the Imperial there were c50+ Sanderling, c10+ Dunlin, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits and c10+ Sandwich Terns.
On Wednesday, off the Imperial, I recorded 15+ Sandwich Terns, 17 Bar-tailed Godwits, c50+ Dunlin, c20+ Sanderling, 6 Whimbrel, 3 Black-headed Gulls and a Brent Goose (presumably the pale-bellied bird that has been lingering off the Warren).
On Tuesday 48+ Sandwich Terns off the Imperial was a notable increase but it's fair to say it hasn't been the best of Mays so far!

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