Sunday 13 August 2023

Storm Petrel

These two juvenile Peregrines were feeding on a Feral Pigeon, off Mudbank this afternoon. A fantastic spectacle. Great to catch up with Derek and to see Andrew and Penny.

An early morning sea-watch was largely uneventful, but I was thrilled to pick up a Storm Petrel heading slowly south at 0640. My first in over 5 years! Otherwise just a handful of Gannets, 4 Sandwich Terns and c35 Kittiwakes. Nearby, on Orcombe Point - c10 Chiffchaffs and 3 Sedge Warblers. The Sedgies were a very pleasant surprise. A male was on territory up there all spring and todays sightings included a juvenile calling to an adult in exactly the same stretch of hedge. As far as I'm aware this is the first ever confirmed breeding for Orcombe Point. Had it not been so wet up there, earlier in the year, I doubt breeding would ever have occurred. 
The second-summer Yellow-legged Gull was in the recycling centre first thing and this afternoon it was off Mudbank, where 2 juvenile Peregines, 1 juvenile Mediterranean Gull and 335+ Mallard were also recorded.

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