Prawle (yesterday, 27/7)

Seawatch from 06.00 - 08.00; 14 Balearic and 300 Manx Shearwaters, 255 Gannets, 8 Common Scoters and 2 Med Gulls. Waders on the beach; Curlew, 3 Whimbrel, 4 Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover, Sanderling, Common Sandpiper.  Migrant passerines included Wheatear, Sedge Warbler and 2 Willow Warblers, along with a  dispersing juvenile Green Woodpecker. In the air, just 3 Sand Martins and a single Swift. (16 on 26/7).

Quick analysis of my breeding survey show 47 species this year (confirmed or probable), down from 49 last year. Losses were Shelduck, Pied Wagtail, Wheatear and Spotted Flycatcher, while gains were Raven and Coal Tit. While the numbers of most species appear to be down, success rates look to be very good.

Finally Butterflies; Great to see so many this year, (15 species yesterday), with whole fields covered in Large Whites and hedgerows dancing with Gatekeepers. Just like the good old days when I were a lad!

Posted July 28th, 2013 at 9:20 am by Pat Mayer in Bird News