Rillage Point & Widmouth Head

A late post for yesterday, Tue 29 Sep:

I spent the mainly sunny and almost windless morning (06.55 to 11.50) monitoring visible/audible migration, mainly of passerines, and looking landwards for much of the time. If the albatross seen at 08.30 off Hurlstone Pt (Somerset), about 35km E of Widmouth Hd, flew past me within range of eyes or optics, I missed it! It was nevertheless an excellent morning. A ringtail Hen Harrier flew steadily due W and quite high up, well out over the Bristol Channel at 10.35 – I lost it to scope view at 50x with Lundy in the same field of view. Much more surprising was a first-winter Iceland Gull that flew E (interspersed with a steady eastbound stream of mainly first-winter Herring Gulls) at 11.30.

A pulse of Swallow migration off the sea at 08.30 was followed by much more sustained southbound passage from 11.00 onwards; total = 198. Also 9 Skylark, 3 alba wagtails, 63 Meadow Pipit, 27 Chaffinch, 44 Linnet, 31 Goldfinch and 5 Siskin. Few grounded night migrants in the scrub, just 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest & 3 Song Thrush. Other apparently dispersing/migrant birds included single Grey Heron, Great Spotted Woodpecker & Coal Tit.

Posted September 30th, 2020 at 4:18 pm by Tim Jones in Bird News