Thursday 31 August 2023

Wet Orcombe Migrants

Seen first thing, in horrible weather, these Cattle Egrets didn't stick around.

I got pretty soaked this morning but you can't stay indoors when rain accompanies a south-easterly can you! I logged 2 Cattle Egrets, 2 Redstarts, 1 Whinchat, c20 Yellow Wagtails, 1 Sedge Warbler, 3 Tree Pipits, up to 8 Wheatears, 5 Willow Warblers, c10 Chiffchaffs, 1 juvenile Stonechat, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, c10 Swallows and 1 Blackcap. The 5 Red-legged Partridges were again in the top fields. On the insect front -  one Clouded Yellow noted.
Mudbank - The Osprey again on its favored perch, off Lympstone, from 1705 (when I arrived) - 1750 at least. Also - 3 Greenshank, 2 Pintails, 27 Shelducks, 25 Mute Swans, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Whimbrel, 9 Wigeon, 12+ Sandwich Terns, 1 Common Tern, 2 Common Sandpipers and 8+ Bar-tailed Godwits.

The first Redstart was looking a bit bedraggled and feeding low in a ditch, out of the wind and rain.

Redstart number two looked much smarter and posed out in the open, once it dried up a bit.

A flock of c20 Yellow Wagtails were in with cattle first thing.

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