Rillage Point to Watermouth

Visible/audible migration 06.00 to 08.45 in a very cold easterly: 4 Shelduck (E), 13 Whimbrel (E incl. flock of 10), 9 Sand Martin, 21 Swallow, 8 House Martin, 2 alba wagtail, 4 Meadow Pipit, 2 Tree Pipit, 30 Linnet, 20 Goldfinch, 1 redpoll sp. (presumed Lesser Redpoll), 11 Siskin. After the promising early surge of late March and the start of April, hirundine passage is noticeably thin as we head towards the last week of the month – hopefully just delayed by weather conditions, or maybe a local effect resulting from the persistent northerlies and easterlies that this coast is so exposed to.

Other recent sightings here: on Tuesday 20th grounded migrants included reeling Grasshopper Warbler, 2 singing Sedge Warbler and 3 Whitethroat plus a trickle of hirundines totalling 27 Sand Martin & 23 Swallow. On Thursday 15th a male Yellow Wagtail flew E along the clifftops (a very scarce spring migrant in N Devon now, particularly away from the Taw/Torridge Estuary).

Posted April 22nd at 4:09 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News