Sunday 23 September 2018

Arctic Tern

Field sketch - juv Arctic Tern off the Lifeboat Station at first light, in the pouring rain. Thought I had a Sabine's Gull!
Odd weather today - morning rain and a cool northerly wind, brightening up in the afternoon but remaining breezy. A juvenile Sand Martin was feeding about an inch above the beach and over the road with a small group of Swallows as the rain beat steadily down. A juvenile Arctic Tern was just offshore and 6 Ringed Plover were on the beach. As the tide dropped a bit - 25+ Sandwich Tern and a juvenile Common Tern.
I didn't do Orcombe until 0920 when a short break in the rain tempted me out. I recorded 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Snipe, c60/70+ Meadow Pipit, 3+ Chiffchaff, 6 Skylark, 1 Sand Martin, c20+ Swallow and c30+ House Martin.

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