Woolacombe to Ilfracombe yesterday (Sat 5 Oct)

Yesterday's superb visible migration and rash of grounded rarities on the south coast were in stark contrast to up here on the north coast... What a difference a few dozen miles can make! Tim Davis and I walked the coast path from Woolacombe to Ilfracombe, taking in Morte Point and Bull Point but saw/heard relatively little in the way of migrants. 32 Swallows, 7 Wheatears, 4 Chiffchaffs, not a single Blackcap (!), and just a handful of Meadow Pipits, Skylarks, wagtails and finches. One ad Med Gull on rocks at Woolacombe with white-inscribed red colour-ring on its right leg. We had wall-to-wall sunshine all day and got sunburnt! Butterflies were astonishing for the time of year; best I can ever recall for October: 182 individuals of 8 species, including 66 Small Whites, 34 Small Torts, 27 Small Coppers, 26 Red Admirals and smaller numbers of Speckled Wood, Peacock, Comma, and Green-veined White.

Posted October 6th, 2013 at 10:48 am by Tim Jones in Bird News