Sunday, 17 October 2010

Prawle - today and the past week












Prawle remains the only place in Devon without at least a Yellow-browed Warbler! It also appears now not to have a House Finch either. Last reported on Saturday 9th October, it was looked for several times this week in all it's favoured haunts, but not found. Given it's facial skin problem, it's possible it may have succumbed, but I prefer to believe, given it's status as a truly wild bird, it decided that early October would be a good time to move off to it's winter quarters!


Today's birds; Merlin, 70 Stock Doves, 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 12 Swallows, Wheatear, 14 Siskins, 12 Blackcaps, 24 Chiffchaffs, 8 Goldcrests, 2 Firecrests.


Sat 16/10; 2 Merlins, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 60 Swallows, 12 House Martins, 3 Wheatears, 2 Redwings, 4 Siskins, 14 Blackcaps, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Dartford Warblers, 16 Chiffchaffs, 8 Goldcrests, 4 Firecrests.


Fri 15/10; 20 Golden Plovers, 40 Swallows, 120+ Skylarks, 3 Grey Wagtails, 2 Wheatears, Whinchat, 3 Ring Ouzels, 17 Blackcaps, 27 Chiffchaffs, 20 Goldcrests, 3 Firecrests.


Thurs 14/10; Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Swallows, 90+ House Martins, 17 Song Thrushes, Redwing, 7 Ring Ouzels, Brambling, 12 Blackcaps, 46 Chiffchaffs, 34 Goldcrests, 2 Firecrests.


Weds 13/10; Short-eared Owl, 50 Stock Doves, 65 Swallows, 8 Wheatears, 37 Stonechats, 32 Song Thrushes, 5 Redwings, 6 Ring Ouzels, 9 Siskins, 51 Blackcaps, 74 Chiffchaffs, 16 Goldcrests, 2 Firecrests.


Tues 12/10; 290 Gannets, 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 5 Brent Geese, 3 Wigeon, 13 Common Scoters, Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Arctic Skuas, 12 Common Gulls, Med. Gull, Hobby, 21 Golden Plovers, Snipe in off sea, Short-eared Owl, 60 Swallows, 12 House Martins, 10 Wheatears, Redwing, 2 Ring Ouzels, Spotted Flycatcher, 7 Siskins, 2 Lapland Buntings, in stubble field north of village, 8 Blackcaps, 32 Chiffchaffs, 8 Goldcrests, 2 Firecrests.