Wembury, 5th April

A gorgeous walk from Wembury Beach to Wembury Point and back in sunshine this morning before the Easter Sunday crowds descended and it was nice to finally see some summer migrants. A willow warbler quietly and briefly singing in the hedgerow by the road leading down to the beach was a good start. A singing blackcap was less obliging and I couldn't catch a sight of it, a further 4 were heard along my walk and I didn't see them either! A single swallow flew in from the sea and I had a further 2 single birds but all probably the same bird as it had very long and distinctive tail streamers. 2 sand martins flew in off the sea and headed straight up the valley from the main beach and out of sight. 7 Sandwich terns were roosting on the rocks at Wembury Point before flying off along the shoreline to dive for fish. 3 male wheatears were seen with 2 seen together feeding on insects buzzing around piles of horse muck by the horse stables. Plenty of chiffchaffs singing. A female sparrowhawk flew out to The Mewstone where it was mobbed by a raven.

Peacock butterflys, small tortoishells and common lizards added to the Spring air.

Posted April 5th, 2015 at 4:01 pm by Stuart Green in Bird News