Wednesday 26 April 2023

Arctic Skua

This pair of Whimbrel was feeding in the top fields yesterday, before flying off east. It's not often they touch ground on Orcombe but one of the big cow fields is still nice and attractively muddy.

A beautiful pale-phase Arctic Skua paused briefly off the seafront this afternoon, before heading out to sea. Also, on a very brief, post-work sea-watch, 3 Manx Shearwaters, c10/15+ Sandwich Terns, 1 Shelduck, 1 Great Crested Grebe and a flock of 14 Whimbrel 'in-off'.
Yesterday, after work, a quick scoot around the top fields of Orcombe revealed 1 Wheatear, 2 Whimbrel, 5 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, 6+ Swallows, 4 Whitethroats, 3 Willow Warblers and a surprise, non-reeling Grasshopper Warbler, briefly caught out in the open at the base of a hedge before creeping into cover. Also, a Silver Y moth of note.

Wheatear - a presumed 'Greenland' or Icelandic bird on Orcombe Point yesterday.

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