Sunday 5 April 2020

Wheatear, Swallows and Leebs

A male Wheatear pauses briefly on a bungalow roof.
A beautiful day today. From the back garden - 1+ Osprey, 2 Sandwich Tern, 3 Swallow, 1 Wheatear, 18 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 8 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Siskin, 1 Meadow Pipit, 27+ Cattle Egret, 65 Lesser Black-backed Gull, c20+ Little Egret, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Canada Goose, 2 Great Crested Grebe, 11+ Common Gull, 23 Black-headed Gull, 1 Grey Heron, 1 Mallard, c100+ Oystercatcher, 115+ Curlew, 2 Mute Swan, 4+ Linnet, 2+ Raven, 1+ Peregrine and c10+ Buzzard.

A flock of 27 Cattle Egrets flies past Brunel's Atmospheric Railway in Starcross shortly after leaving their roost at 0830.

Lesser Black-backed Gulls were on the move all day - 65 moved north, east or north-east! The bulk were adults but other age classes were represented.

Speckled Wood


Holly Blue

I'm guessing this Osprey is yesterday's bird. I had good views of it this morning from 0710 - 0730 when it caught a fish and headed north. It or another caught a fish at 1508 and headed towards Powderham Park.

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