Sunday 15 May 2022

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Red Kite - a very tatty individual over Bicton Common this morning.

I had a look off the seafront this morning, from the raised beach huts, between 0540 and 0730. The easterly breeze had clearly encouraged quite a few birds into the bay. As well as the expected Gannets and Kittiwakes, I logged 2 Great Northern Divers, 7+ Manx Shearwaters, 1 Balearic Shearwater (east), 20+ auk sp, 5 Guillemots, 17+ Black-headed Gulls, c50 Common Scoters, 1 dark phase Arctic Skua, 3 Whimbrel, 1 Fulmar, 4 Sandwich Terns, 1 Common Tern and, best of all, a Roseate Tern. The Roseate Tern ranged widely in the bay but stuck with 3 or 4 Sandwich Terns.
A wander round Bicton Common and Blackhill produced 4 Tufted Ducks, 2 Sand Martins, 1 Red Kite, 1 Nightjar and a couple Swifts.

 Amazing how the colours of this Painted Lady perfectly mirror its surroundings. Two Silver Y Moths were found on local heathland this morning. A bit of migration underway?

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