Friday 16 August 2019

Foul Weather Few Birds

Yellow-legged Gulls rarely linger at this time of year, so I was surprised to see yesterdays 'Atlantic coast' French bird loitering around the lifeboat station again this morning.
Poor sea-watching again today, but I'm lucky to at least be back home in two minutes from the seafront when conditions aren't great. A couple trips out produced 4+ Mediterranean Gulls, 6 Whimbrel, 8 Common Scoter, 4 juvenile Lesser Back-backed Gulls, 23+ hirundine sp, 9 shearwater sp, at least 2 Great Skua (possibly four), c30+ Manx Shearwater, 12+ Sandwich Tern, 12+ Common Tern, c10+ 'commic' tern, a constant trickle of Kittiwakes (with much higher numbers earlier on) and a fairly steady stream of Gannets. Yesterdays Yellow-legged Gull (R:0F5) was still around first thing.
Late this afternoon - a good gathering of 'storm-sheltering' birds on Cockle Sands included 15 or 16 Knot, 5 Sanderling, 1+ Dunlin, c30+ Common Tern, Several Sandwich Tern, 1 juvenile Little Tern, 1 juvenile Arctic Tern and a few I had to leave unidentified. Also a couple of Kittiwakes.

High numbers of Grey Gorse Piercer Cydia ulicetana on yesterday's dog walk around Bicton Common. Really hard to photograph though as they tend to only land briefly and then shift position.

Hemp-agrimony. It's gradually dawning on me that if I'm going to get batter at identifying micro moths I'm going to have to get better at identifying plants!

It's unusual to get Sandwich Terns and Kittiwakes resting on Exmouth beach. The weather has to be bad enough to put people off.

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