Sunday 27 August 2017


Spotted Flycatcher shortly after dawn.
Two trips to Orcombe today - a proper early morning one (0615 - 0900) and a brief mid-afternoon one. The weather is still lovely so a fair bit was moving early on. Very little added in the afternoon. Totals included 8+ Tree Pipit, 11+ Chiffchaff, 33+ Yellow Wagtail, 14+ Wheatear, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 phyllosc sp, 1 Greenshank, 2+ Willow Warbler, 5+ Blackcap, c50+ Swallow, c30+ House Martin, 1+ Sand Martin, 2+ Swift, 5 'Alba' Wagtail,  1 Whimbrel, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Whitethroat, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Siskin and c25 Starling.
Perhaps the most notable thing this morning was the number of Greenfinch recorded. At least 40 birds were noted with a flock of 27 heading east early on.
Chris Townend had a Cattle Egret over West Down Beacon this morning. It was heading towards Orcombe but I was unable to pick it up. Many thanks for the call Chris. It would have been a really nice addition to the Orcombe list.

Seeing plenty of Yellow Wagtails but not having much luck photographing them. This was one of two birds in with cattle early this morning.

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