Friday 26 March 2021


Osprey - off Mudbank from 0645 this morning. Quite possibly the bird seen by Chris and Helen, yesterday evening at Otterton. Two days later than last year's first bird that I had on the first day of lockdown (24/3).

I managed to squeeze in a quick sea-watch before work this morning. Forty minutes from the raised beach huts produced 14 Manx Shearwaters south, with good numbers of, but un-counted, Gannets and auks. A flock of at least 65 Kittiwakes lingered off Orcombe Point, with others moving south. Also 3 Brent Geese, 2 Sandwich Terns and a Great Northern Diver.
Nearby my first Osprey of the year scattered gulls and Oystercatchers as it hunted distantly off Mudbank.
On 24/3 - off Mudbank - 39 Wigeon, 4 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 4 Teal, 4 Sandwich Terns and 4 Grey Plovers.

The new sea defence wall, that skirts the Duckpond, is covered in masses of Large White pupae. This one seems ok but many have been parasatised. Beautiful things close-up.

Field Horsetail cones - Duckpond.

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