Sunday 28 March 2021

Moschatel and Golden Plovers

Moschatel - the 'Town Hall Clock' flower - so called because it has four flowers facing outwards, back to back, with a fifth flower on top. None I saw today had all their flowers open, but I was just happy to see some opened up.

Some nice woodland flowers today, on a local dog-walk, but birding limited to early this morning. A sea-watch from the raised beach huts, from 0700 - 0900 (with a quick 20 minute break to look at the dung heap) produced 6 Fulmars, 8 Common Scoters, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 1 Manx Shearwater, 9+ Sandwich Terns, 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 1 Guillemot, 1 Razorbill, several auk sp, 1 Great Northern Diver, a lingering flock of 85+ Kittiwakes (with many more south), several Gannets and, unexpectedly, 2 Golden Plovers low over the waves.
Nearby, off Mudbank, 1 Golden Plover, 3 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Great Crested Grebes, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers and 6 Sandwich Terns. A flock of at least 40 Cattle Egrets was in a cattle herd behind Starcross.

No sunshine today but plenty of Wood Anemones shining out from the dark forest floor.

I think this is Pignut?

A Cornsalad species - Exmouth seafront.

I think this must be Changing Forget-me-not. As always I'd appreciate confirmation or otherwise. This was on the grass bank beneath the raised beach huts.

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