Prawle this weekend

Yesterday (Sat 10/8); As at Soar, plenty of Warblers about. Final totals, in descending order; 95 Willow, 60 Whitethroat, 31 Sedge, 16 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 2 Garden, and 1 each of Grasshopper and Reed.  Some decent other birds too, including Hobby, Greenshank (over), 7 Wheatear, Whinchat, Pied Flycatcher, 6 White Wagtails, 200+ each of Swallow and House Martin, 14+ Sand Martin and 5 Swift.

Much quieter today, just 12 Willow Warblers, 11 Whitethroats and 1 Sedge Warbler, (only 50% area coverage today).  Waders remained consistent over the 2 days, peaking at 3 Whimbrel, 18 Ringed Plover, 4 Common Sandpipers and 3 Dunlin.

No seawatching today, but during a couple of quick scans from the coastpath, 2 Balearic Shearwaters passed, along with about 80 manx. Yesterday FDS saw 5 Balearics during a short seawatch.

Yesterday, totalled 14 species of Butterfly, including a single Clouded Yellow, and (for Steph Murphy), a fresh hatch of Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries, which is what your photo is of.

Late news from 7/8, a Wood Sandpiper flew over the village calling (unseen), and constitutes only the 3rd site record.

Posted August 11th, 2013 at 7:13 pm by Pat Mayer in Bird News