Monday 22 April 2019

Red Kite


A single Tree Pipit on Orcombe first thing was the only notable migrant and my first this spring. Otherwise the drake Common Scoter and an Eider were offshore and a flock of 14 Brent Geese off Mudbank included 11 Pale-bellied birds and 3 Dark-bellied.
The highlight of this afternoon's lengthy dog-walk on the commons was a Red Kite.

This female Eider was off Maer Rocks. The drake Common Scoter was still showing well a hundred yards or so down the beach towards  Orcombe.

At least 22 Whimbrel off Mudbank today.

First-summer Mediterranean Gull - over the house, east.

Speckled Wood

Loads of Holly Blues in the garden today.

Sulphur Tubic - Esperia sulphurella - a common micro.

Garden Blackcap.

Holly Blue - mating pair.

Sand Martins - Blackhill Quarry - apparently good numbers up at the quarry at the moment. Fingers crossed for a good breeding season.

Red Kite - Bicton Common

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