I had no intention to seawatch today arriving in the Prawle  car park at 7.30am and with a northerly force 1-2 and clear to the horizon, not the ideal conditions. But with Pat already at the hide and John putting wet weather gear on, well, what was I to do ?

At the point from 8am Gannets, Auks and Kittiwakes were moving , mainly west , but also east .I still wasn’t convinced but …

Unexpected highlights were : 5 immature Pomarine Skuas east , 1 Bonxie west and 1 unidentified ( probable Pom ) skua far out east . 3 Great Northern Divers east and 1 west. 6 Red-Breasted Mergansers west, 3 Common Scoter east, 1 west. 2 Brent Geese ( with pale bellies) east and 5 Brent Geese west. 2 Med Gulls ( adult wp)  and 3 unidentified duck east .On the rocks at the point a  lovely male Black Redstart alighted, my first male this autumn.

Later John and I saw , on a circuit from the hump, to the car park, and through the village to the airfields : at least 7 Redwing, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 1 Mistle Thrush (seen by Pat) and 2 Blackcaps, Goldcrest and 2 Chiffchaffs. Another Black Redstart on a roof top ; 19 Lapwing , c 200 Starlings, 10 Stock Doves , c30 Skylarks, and, oh yes  a female Teal. 

Posted November 23rd, 2014 at 8:57 pm in Bird News