Sunday 20 September 2020

Labrador Bay Flowers

Field Woundwort - masses of this in the tiny stubble field.

Following Kev's 'Devon Birds' post I tootled down to Labrador Bay to try for some rare agricultural 'weeds'. Kev very kindly met me there and thanks to his eagle eyes was able to show me Sharp-leaved Fluellen and Small-flowered Catchfly. It's a brilliant site, custom-made for Cirl Buntings (double figures seen) and managed for the Small-flowered Catchfly. A flock of 25+ Siskin flew low east whilst we were there, along with a trickle of Swallows.

Bird-wise today - off Mudbank - 1 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, 40 Shelduck, 12 Redshank, 3 Greenshank, 2 Grey Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Grey Plover, 4 Bar-tailed Godwit, c6/700+ Wigeon 8+ Pintail and 39 Brent Goose (including at least 12 Pale-bellied birds).

Apart from small numbers of Siskin and Meadow Pipit, best on Orcombe was 1 Redpoll, c30 Linnet, 1 Whinchat and 6 Yellow Wagtail. An early morning flock of c100+ hirundines looked to be largely House Martin but at least one Sand Martin and a handful of Swallow were noted.

Radish - of sorts.

Viper's Bugloss

Sharp-leaved Fluellen - a new flower for me and way, way smaller than I was expecting. There's no way I would have found it without Kev's help.

Small-flowered Catchfly - another new one for me. Thanks Kev.

Field Pansy

Field Madder

Hedge Woundwort

Weasel's Snout - masses of this in the field too - a wonderful little corner of Labrador Bay.

Yellow Bristle-grass

Sharp-leaved Fluellen



  1. Thanks Neil - was a bit taken aback by just how much was flowering. Sure the sunshine helped. Trust you're keeping well and seeing plenty. Matt