Saturday 16 January 2021


Pomarine Skua - Orcombe Point - looking a bit shearwater-like in this (awful) photo. It passed slowly west at 0920. Little detail noted apart from a white belly and no spoons. I should think it's possibly one of the birds that has been seen further south, in Torbay.

An early morning sea-watch off Orcombe Point produced a probable Long-tailed Duck (distantly east at 0850), 9 Red-throated Divers, one or two Great Northern Divers, c100+ Gannet, small numbers of auks and Kittiwakes, and a Pomarine Skua. The top fields produced 23 Snipe, 3 Stonechats, 1 Kestrel, 1 Chiffchaff and the Siberian Chiffchaff.
A late afternoon 'scope' off Shelly beach produced the Slavonian Grebe, 9 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Great Crested Grebes, 1 Mediterranean Gull and c30/40+ Cattle Egrets (in to roost north of Starcross shortly after 1635).

I couldn't resist a look at the Siberian Chiffchaff in dull, flat light. It was in the same stretch of hedgerow as yesterday but spent long periods of time feeding on the ground beneath the turnips. Once in the turnips it covers ground fast, and can be very difficult to keep track of.

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