Woolacombe to Ilfracombe – 26 Nov

A walk from Woolacombe to Ilfracombe on the coast path in yesterday's glorious sunshine, with pin-sharp visibility and a light E breeze, yielded high counts of 39 Stonechats and 57 Robins. Other notable records included 2 Red-throated Divers (off Morte Point), 2 Purple Sandpipers (off the Capstone at Ilfracombe) and 2 Black Redstarts (feeding together on a roof-top near Lee). Also a distant 'feeding frenzy' of gulls, a few Gannets and at least 30 Common Dolphins between Morte Point and Lundy, with 2 Grey Seals and 2 Harbour Porpoise inshore elsewhere. On Wednesday 25th, the Fulmar breeding ledges near Ilfracombe were bustling with activity, birds having returned from their annual moult out at sea earlier this month, but we didn't see a single one yesterday! They'll be coming and going en masse like that all the way through to egg laying next May.

Posted November 27th, 2020 at 12:35 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News