Thursday 6 October 2022


The Barnacle Goose was keeping slightly less classy company, yesterday afternoon.

A stretched-out flock of 600+ Kittiwakes was counted from the lifeboat station this afternoon, but there were masses of birds further out in the bay, so my count is likely to be very much on the conservative side. Accompanying the Kitts was a couple of Arctic Skuas, a few Gannets, Black-headed Gulls and 5+ Balearic Shearwaters, though choppy waters may well have been hiding more.
On Orcombe Point first thing - 1 Firecrest, 1 Redpoll, c30 alba wagtails, c100+ Meadow Pipits, 11+ Skylarks (all west with 10+ in the top fields), 3 Stonechats, 7 Chiffchaffs, 2+ Grey Wagtails, 13+ Chaffinches, 2 Blackcaps, 5 Stock Doves and 15 Swallows. A flock of c150+ Linnets was in the top fields.
The juvenile Whinchat was still on the edge of the reedbed at West Lodge, on today's dog-walk, and a single Redpoll flew north. 
Off Mudbank - 16 Redshank, 4 Greenshank, 13 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 1 Peregrine and 3 Black Swans. The ducks and geese weren't counted.
Blackhill Quarry - just a quick look but the juvenile Ring-necked Duck still, with 4 Tufted Ducks and 2 Reed Buntings over.

Stonechat - Orcombe Point.

Juvenile Ring-necked Duck (second from left) with Tufted Ducks - Blackhill Quarry.

Juvenile Whinchat - West Lodge.

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