Saturday 9 September 2017

Orcombe Nuthatch

I wasn't expecting the weather to be so still and fine this morning. It meant that there was a bit of stuff moving on Orcombe, from first light. I recorded 1 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Ringed Plover, 125+ Meadow Pipit, c15+ Chiffchaff, 9+ Grey Wagtail, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Wheatear, 5 'Alba' Wagtail, c20+ Swallow, 1 Blackcap, 4 Tree Pipit, 2+ Goldcrest, 5 Whitethroat, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler and, best of all, a Nuthatch - only my second record on Orcombe and a peculiar sight as it bounced between hedges and passed over the top fields.
Late this afternoon a quick look off the docks produced at least 3, probably 4, juvenile Black Tern, 1 juvenile Arctic Tern, c5+ Common Tern and 5 Mediterranean Gull.

Two Portland Ribbon Waves were found by lights in the Bristol Schools camp this morning. I think it's safe to say there is clearly a colony here or nearby, following the first found on August 31st.

Comma. Several Red Admiral, a Painted Lady, several Speckled Wood and a Peacock were all seen today.

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