Saturday 3 September 2022

First Stonechat and Mipits

Yellow Wagtail - Orcombe Point.

My first Stonechat of the autumn was on Orcombe Point this morning, along with 16+ Yellow Wagtails and a couple Grey Wagtails. A count of 11 Skylarks is indicative of some breeding success.
Off Mudbank - 8 Black-tailed Godwits, 14 Teal, 110+ Wigeon, the returning Wigeon x Pintail hybrid, 1 Greenshank, 2 Grey Plovers, 39 Shelduck, 30 Little Egrets, 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Pintail, 4 Sandwich Terns and 2 juvenile Common Terns.
Yesterday off Mudbank - 1 Tree Pipit over, 9 Teal, 30+ Cattle Egrets (on a wreck north of Starcross), c100 Wigeon, 50 Pintail (another increase), 1 Greenshank, 5 Black-tailed Godwits, 215+ Curlew, 1 juvenile Knot, 1 Dark-bellied Brent Goose, 1 Kestrel (flying downriver) and c7/800+ Oystercatchers (roosting on Cockle Sands, having presumably been disturbed from the Warren).
Orcombe was again quiet, but it was nice to log my first 3 Meadow Pipits of the autumn. Also - 9+ Yellow Wagtails, at least 1 Clouded Yellow, 3 Wheatear and a Vestal.

 Riband Wave. I see masses of first-brood RWs but very few second-broods like this one, which was trapped the night before last, along with 35 Rusty Dot Pearl, 3 Portland Ribbon Wave, 2 Rush Veneer, 2 Pearly Underwing, 2 Turnip, 1 Pale Mottled Willow, 1 L-album Wainscot, 3 Lesser Yellow Underwing, 1 Old Lady, 1 Maiden's Blush and a few other 'usual suspects',

Vestal - Orcombe Point - doing a pretty good job at hiding in the dry grass.

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