Mistle Thrush - St John's Road
Back to grey skies and a cold easterly this morning, and so better conditions for dropping migrants. The best bird was a Grasshopper Warbler that flushed from beside the coast path and landed briefly at the base of some Blackthorn, staring at me, before dropping deeper in to cover from where it soon started reeling and showing occasionally. I never normally actually see passage spring birds on Orcombe so it was a bit of a red letter day for me. This is my second this spring following a blank year last year. Other records included 10+ Willow Warbler, 3 White Wagtail, 1 Wheatear, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, 2 Meadow Pipit, 5 Swallow, 1 Sandwich Tern and a very grey-looking, presumed 'continental' Song Thrush that repeatedly flushed low and fast from a stretch of hedgerow well away from the resident pairs' territories.
Off Mudbank - 7 Whimbrel, 1 Redshank and 2 Dark-bellied Brent Geese.
Holly Blues are showing well in the garden at the moment.