Saturday 2 September 2023

Mere Wainscot?

Many thanks to Nick who invited me over to Budleigh to see this beauty. It looks really good for Mere Wainscot but, such is its rarity in Devon, it needs to be checked to be sure. Hard to see what else it could be. It's certainly not Small Wainscot, but I guess a very oddly and plainly marked Flounced Rustic needs to be ruled out...

Orcombe Point (from 0645) - 7+ Siskins, 7+ Meadow Pipits, 6+ Tree Pipits, c30+ Yellow Wagtails, 1 Redstart, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Sand Martin, 2 late Swifts, 2 Grey Wagtails, c10 Chiffchaffs, 2 Goldcrests, 2 Mute Swans (east), 3 Whitethroats, 3 'alba' wagtails, c35+ Swallows, 3 Grey Herons (south), 1 House Martin, 1+ Blackcap, 1 Coal Tit and 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker. Didn't do Mudbank today.

I suspect only dedicated patch-workers will relate to the enjoyment and satisfaction you get from seeing common species like Mute Swans (above) and Grey Herons (below) 'on the move'. The Mute Swans flew east and, shortly after, the Grey Herons flew south. I'm sure I'd have missed them if they hadn't been calling to one another. Would love to know where they started their journey and where it will end...


Yellow Wagtails - at least 30 in with cattle, early this morning. Several birds were getting up and sitting in the hedge, looking fantastic in the early morning sun. Always a bit distant though, unfortunately.

 Spotted Flycatcher. I'm pretty sure I had a Pied as well this morning but it was distant and very brief, in bushes surrounding the slurry pit. Frustrating.

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