Around the Axe

There's been incredible numbers of Whitebait and Mackerel off Seaton for most of the past week, with large shouls of both even making their way up the Axe Estuary. Locals are catching Mackerel with nothing more than a landing net, and the Whitebait can be seen jumping out of the water onto the beach!

Obviously the gulls have been loving it, with often between 1500-2000 large gulls in the area. I've not managed anything better than a single juv Yellow-legged Gull though.  300 Gannets were also in the bay a couple mornings ago, and for the past few days an Osprey has been taking advantage of this food supply - it can be seen fishing offshore a couple of times a day.

On Beer Head yesterday morning, although the bushes seemed quite quiet, in a few hours two nets caught 18 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap and a Swallow amongst the more local species. Over head singles of Green Sand, Ringed Plover and Yellow Wag flew over.

Still a few wading birds about in the valley, with two Ruff from Thursday evening being the latest additions. 

Posted August 16th, 2014 at 9:14 am by Steve Waite in Bird News