Tuesday 12 May 2020

Barnacle Goose, Nightjars

This Barnacle Goose was first picked up flying downriver at 0755. It then landed and hung around, looking a bit lost, until 0843 when it took off and flew downriver towards the Warren. I then picked it up flying downriver again at 0848 and finally it few off high east at 0858.
Several spells scanning from the back garden between bouts of work. Highlight was my third Exmouth Barnacle Goose. Also today - 4 Red Kite (all heading north or east), 5 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 2 Dunlin, 4 Sandwich Tern, 10 Curlew, 20+ Black-headed Gull and 2 Raven.
Yesterday an early morning trip to Orcombe Point, in a very cold north-easterly, produced 8 Sandwich Tern, 3 Tufted Duck (east), 1 Ringed Plover, 1 Great Northern Diver, 1 Swift, 2 Stock Dove, 5 Mute Swan and a pale-phase Arctic Skua lingering. No passerine migrants though.
Garden highlight yesterday was a surprise adult Gannet that did a single high lap of the lower estuary before heading back out to sea. Also - 60 Oystercatcher, 5 House Martin (north), 1 Peregrine, 1 Linnet and 20+ Sandwich Tern. Not much time spent looking though.
At least two, probably three, churring male Nightjars on Exmouth territories this evening on a walk with Maisie and Lu.
This male Yellowhammer was singing from low perches and even from the ground this evening. Not sure I've seen this before.

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