Sunday 3 September 2023

Grasshopper Warbler

 For once, a Grasshopper Warbler that perched long enough for a photo! I've been lucky enough to see all this autumn's Groppers quite clearly, but all have been fleeting and camera-shy. My last one gave a Cetti's Warbler-like 'chick' call which threw me for a bit, until it revealed itself. I've always thought the call was a harder 'zick'. The slurry pit has been the spot to see this species this autumn, but historically, any patch of rough grass and bramble, at the base of a hedge, has produced them. Below is a photo of the slurry pit.

Orcombe Point - a bit quieter today with 25+ Yellow Wagtails, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 10+ Chiffchaffs, 5+ Meadow Pipits, 4 Tree Pipits, 3 'alba' wagtails, c20+ Swallows, 2+ Siskins, 1+ Blackcap, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and 2 Grey Wagtails finding their way into the notebook.
Mudbank, on the ebb tide - 43 Mute Swans, 6 Great Crested Grebes, 15+ Sandwich Terns, 35 Shelduck and the Osprey.

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