Friday 25 August 2017

Good by Orcombe Standards

One of two Whinchat on Orcombe today.

Fine weather and fine birding this morning - 0615 - 0850 - 4+ Blackcap, 2 Grey Wagtail, 12+ Chiffchaff, 16+ Tree Pipit, 19+ Yellow Wagtail, c50+ Swallow, 1 Redstart, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Pied Wagtail, 7 Wheatear, 2 Whinchat, 5+ Whitethroat, 1+ Goldcrest, 3 Meadow Pipit, 1 Siskin and 1 Garden Warbler.
It was great to see Ernie on Orcombe this morning but disappointing not to be able to dig out a Western Palearctic tick for him. Can't remember the last time we bumped into each other.
The beach produced my first two White Wagtail of the autumn and Mudbank produced 43 Mute Swan, 188 Mallard, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 1 Common Sandpiper, 1 Whimbrel, 6+ Common Tern, 1 Little Tern, 1 Wigeon and 1 Kingfisher.

Small Copper. Single Painted Lady and Clouded Yellow butterflies also seen on Orcombe today.

Garden Warbler - my first of the autumn.

Redstart - another autumn first for me.
Turnip Moth - this and another Bloxworth Snout were the best of a low catch last night.

White Wagtail - 2 juv/fw on the beach with c10+ Pied Wagtail this morning.


  1. Not too shabby mate. Not much around in the afternoon but did catch up with my first Yellow Wagtail of the year. It's been a boogie bird for me this year. Just need a Black Tern now.

  2. Hi Spencer - yes a good day for Yellow Wagtails. As usual most of the morning's birds moved through pretty quickly. Still time for Black Tern - September can be pretty good. See you soon. Matt