Wembury, 27th July

Despite the rain and the vague weather forecast that it might brighten up later I headed off to Wembury anyway - it did clear up and the sun did shine at times and birds noted were :-

a green woodpecker heard yaffling near the church; 4 families of stonechats; a buzzard and a kestrel hovering overhead at Wembury Point with a persistent and noisy juvenile buzzard heard and a brief view of a sparrowhawk hunting along a hedgerow; a common sandpiper on the rocks at Wembury Point with 56 oystercatchers at the high tide; 9 mallards along the beach (eclipse males and females);gannets offshore, mostly adults but a few all dark juveniles and variable plumaged sub-adults; fulmars around The Mewstone; whitethroats and chiffchaffs (adults and fledglings) and a juvenile blackcap; a smart adult Mediterranean gull moulting into winter plumage roosting with black headed gulls on the beach before being disturbed by the usual dog walkers and flying off towards Plymouth (no leg rings present).

Notable was a trickle of Manx Shearwaters offshore, all flying west either singly or in pairs with the occasional group of up to 9. Most were distant but a few were close to the seaward side of The Mewstone. First noted at 11:45, by 13;45 the trickle had dried up with 34 counted in a 10 minute period and about 200 birds casually noted in total.

Also 100+ large whites over a field of yellow marigold-looking flowers, not good for vegetable growers!

Mediterranean Gull
Mediterranean Gull

Posted July 27th, 2016 at 4:21 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News