Wednesday 30 August 2017


White Wagtail - Orcombe Point
An early morning and a very brief late evening trip to Orcombe produced few birds. Two late Swift were perhaps most noteworthy. Otherwise I recorded just 2 Blackcap, 1 Whitethroat, 6+ Wheatear, 3+ 'Alba' Wagtail, 3+ Willow Warbler, c10+ Chiffchaff, 1 Tree Pipit, 6+ Yellow Wagtail and 1 White Wagtail.
Maer Rocks, in the rain, produced 1 Grey Heron, 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Redshank and 1 Mediterranean Gull. Offshore - c40+ Sandwich Tern, c10+ Common Tern and 1+ Arctic Tern.
I spent some time counting stuff off Mudbank and came up with 5 Mediterranean Gull, 14 Common Gull, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12+ Turnstone, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Greenshank, 1 Peregrine, 26 Sandwich Tern, 2 Common Tern, 5 Knot and 2 Kingfisher. Amongst 350+ Mallard was the first returning Pintail (rubbing shoulders with the escaped White-cheeked Pintail) and 3 Wigeon.
Bird of the day was my first Osprey this autumn, picked up from the back garden as it headed south downriver.
One of 5 Mediterranean Gulls off Mudbank today - 4 adults and a second winter, along with 14 Common Gulls and good numbers of Black-headed Gulls.
White-cheeked Pintail

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