Wembury

Along the beach at Wembury today 2 members of the Devon Wildlife Trust were looking for any washed up seabirds from the current pollution incident affecting the English Channel. Unfortunately there were at least 24 dead guillemots and a dead puffin washed up on the beach with a live guillemot desperately trying to preen on the rocks before heading out back to sea where it was eventually overcome by waterlogging and cold and drowned. Very sad and who knows how many more have died. Some of the guillemot corpses had been partly eaten and the Devon Wildlife Trust lady suspects they have been eaten by foxes scavenging along the beach.

On a lighter note at least 6 chiffchaffs were singing, 2 swallows flew over, 2 male blackcaps were skulking in vegetation (new arrivals?) and 2 willow warblers were bathing in the stream to the beach. I also saw my first oil beetles of the year.

Dead Puffin on Wembury Beach
Dead Puffin on Wembury Beach

Some of the Dead Guillemots on Wembury Beach
Some of the Dead Guillemots on Wembury Beach

Posted April 15th, 2013 at 4:55 pm by Stuart Green in General Birding