Tuesday 29 August 2023

Hobby, Knot Flock

 One of at least seven Wheatears on Orcombe today.

On Orcombe Point today - 1 Blackcap, 6 Grey Wagtails, 15+ Chiffchaffs, 23+ Yellow Wagtails, 1 Willow Warbler, 1+ Tree Pipit, 7+ Wheatears, 1 Sedge Warbler and c20+ Swallows.
Highlights at Mudbank were a juvenile Hobby that flew west, across the river, shortly after 1530, and a flock of 24 Knot. Additionally - 21 Wigeon, 3 Pintail, 5 Whimbrel, 2 Redshank, 1 Dunlin, 1 Ringed Plover, 4 Turnstones, 7 Bar-tailed Godwits, 40+ Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Wheatear, c15 House Martins, 1 adult Mediterranean Gull and 4 Yellow Wagtails over.
Also notable - a flock of c500+ Linnets in stubble fields between Sandy Bay and West Down Beacon. A very rough estimate which could be considerably higher. Also 1 Yellow Wagtail and 1 Wheatear there, along with a hunting juvenile Peregrine.

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