Start Point - Torcross

Rain forecast for the morning never materialised, but some showers in the night. Got a lift  to Start Point car park on site at 07:45 where there was a moderate sw wind and local hill fog. Spent an hour around the car park but saw little, best being 12 Swallows heading south  ( also about 20 alba Wagtails, 60 Goldfiches, 60 Meadow Pipits and a few Chaffinches ). Walked down to the lighthouse where there was a Black Redstart. Offshore surprised to see some Kittiwakes headed south with an Arctic Skua despite the apparent benign conditions. At least 500 Kittiwakes were feeding southeast of the Point. Bob Burridge then turned up and from 09:30 - 12:30 between us we saw heading south 2 Manx Shearwaters, a Balearic Shearwater which hung around, 4 Shelduck, 4 Common Scoter, 3 Great Skuas and 10 Arctic Skuas, some stopping to hassle the Kittiwakes. Also 2 unidentified Skuas ( 1 Pom/Arctic, 1 Long-tailed/Arctic ). A good late flock of 30 Swallows and 3 House Martins briefly flew around the point. Little else seen, no other migrants at the light or farm.

Walking down to South Hallsands little seen apart from a Clouded Yellow. Things improved at North Hallsands, the bushy/reedy area behind the beach had a Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackcap and best of all a Yellow-browed Warbler. It showed well for a couple minutes then dissapeared into cover but was then calling. A Wheatear was on the beach. Bumped into Bob again at Beesands where an excellent number of 50 Swallows present, Bob also had 6 House Martins. On the ley 51 Gadwall, 62 Coot and 11 Tufted Duck, things improved here since last winter. Nothing around Cellers Quarry and got to Torcross just in time to catch the bus home.


Posted October 24th, 2014 at 5:30 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News