North coast – Woody Bay to Heddon's Mouth

Another day of superb visible hirundine migration up here on the North Devon coast, with 400 Swallows through in an hour from 11.30 to 12.30 (heading E into SE headwind) and an estimated minimum of 1,000 in total (just those birds actually seen, not extrapolated). Also minima of 75 Swifts (including 60 in that first hour), 400 House Martins and 70 Sand Martins. After the wind veered to SSW, the hirundines gathered in large 'kettles', feeding on abundant insects in the lee of the cliffs. In the Heddon Valley oak woods, presumed territorial Wood Warbler, Redstart, Pied & Spotted Flycatchers, and Garden Warbler.

Posted May 8th, 2015 at 6:29 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News