Thursday, 18 April 2019

Nuthatch, Whitethroat, Hobbys

My laughable attempt at photographing  Hobby! At least two were hunting the commons this afternoon whilst I walked Coco.
Orcombe's highlight this morning was my third record of Nuthatch. It was in the top fields along Gore Lane, making its way along a hedgerow calling a repeated, forceful 'sit' as it went. Otherwise, my first Whitethroat of the year gave quiet sub-song from deep in cover, showing only occasionally. They become far more brazen when back on territory. Also this morning - 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 3+ Meadow Pipit and 1 Swallow. Offshore - 14 Sandwich Tern, 2 Guillemot, 1 Great Northern Diver, 4 Black-headed Gull and 3 Shelduck.
A quick look off Mudbank revealed 43 Whimbrel.
This afternoon I went for a long walk on the commons with the dog. The standout highlight were at least two Hobby that seemed to be in view for much of our route. Actively hunting, they covered huge amounts of ground in seconds and proved an absolute nightmare to photograph. At one point they engaged in some high-speed chasing around, perhaps indicating an intention to breed? Also recorded - at least 1 Kestrel, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Wheatear and 15 Crossbill.

Green Tiger Beetle - lots of these out at the moment. A number of Emperor Moths were seen today and I saw my first Common Heath of the year yesterday.

Exmouth's only breeding Canada Geese are found on Bystock Pools.

This Wheatear was on the commons this afternoon. A number of hirundines were moving through too.

Conditions were perfect for soaring Buzzards this afternoon. I estimate between 10 and 20 were seen on this afternoon's dog walk.

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