Prawle 14-19/05/13

Highlights of the last few days - my quest to find a first for Britain failed !!

Tuesday 14th;  Golden Oriole - a female briefly in Ash trees east of the village, 20.20. (Unfortunately only half of my message to birdguides got through, leaving out the grid reference, so apologies to anyone who might have wanted to look for it the following day. As it was, it was nowhere to be found).  Earlier, afternoon seawatch came up with masses of birds in both directions, so almost impossible to count accurately, but 3 Storm Petrels, 2 Great Skuas, 6 Common, 1 Arctic and 7 'commic' Terns were easier to count.

Wednesday 15th;  An excellent seawatch, led by a site record 41 Great Northern Divers west. Of these, 23 passed in the first hour of light, so presumably had been going through during the hours of darkness as well. Also single Black- and Red-throated Diver, 9 Storm Petrels, 18 Dunlin, 5 Sandwich, 2 Arctic, 1 Roseate and 4 'commic' Terns. Although over 1170 Auks passed, not a single Puffin was seen.  On the land, singles of Dunlin, Ringed Plover and Turnstone, 4 Purple Sandpipers, a late Water Rail, and singles of Spotted Flycatcher and Willow Warbler.

Thursday 16th;  Quieter day, with singles of Spotted Flycatcher and Willow Warbler. Less expected were a fly-over Redpoll, and a bit of a site mega (sadly) these days, a Cuckoo.

Friday 17th;  Nice suprise was a Tree Sparrow first thing. Initially in the gardens of the coastguard cottages, after several false starts when it circled the point, finally flew off high to the north, calling all the way.  Otherwise, just singles of Spotted Flycatcher, Garden and Willow Warblers, and the first 2 Common Sandpipers of the year.  (Also a Roe Deer on the point. These are becomming more regular here these days - after only 3-4 in thirty-odd years, have now seen five different individuals in the last 2 years).

Saturday 18th;  First multiple count of Spotted Flycatchers, finisning the day with 8. Apart from that, just 2 Whimbrels of note.

Sunday 19th;  2 Great Northern Divers past, and a Spotted Flycatcher. (JAL)

Posted May 19th, 2013 at 8:07 pm by Pat Mayer in Bird News