Axmouth - Undercliff and BHM

Walked part of the undercliff coast path between Axmouth and Rousdon / Charton Bay from 09:30 - 16:00. At 11:20 an adult Osprey drifted into view halfway along the route. Almost immediately it hitched a ride on a thermal and, without a single wing flap, quickly rose to great height and was lost to view - presumably setting itself up for the long glide to Cherbourg!

Only other migrants of note were 5+ Northern Wheatears. But good to see plenty of butterflies, including several Clouded Yellows and a couple of Fritillaries (looked like Dark Green).

On the way home I popped into Black Hole Marsh and picked up another Osprey - a juv this time, I reckon - heading north low over the marshes and river at about 16:55. It appeared to drop down onto the Colyford Common area.

Fabulous selection (and numbers) of waders on BHM. Just in the short time I was there I notched up 15 species, including LRP, Green Sand, Wood Sand, Curlew Sand, Little Stint, Ruff, Turnstone (hopefully other observers will post full details later).

Kudos to the wardens and volunteers who have created fantastic birding habitat at BHM and the surrounding marshes. Many thanks.

Posted August 26th, 2013 at 6:53 pm by phil bentley in Bird News