Sunday, 6 March 2011


One of the three Water Pipits again in Horseley Cove today. Generally not considered to be birds of rocky shores, Prawle has had several winterers over the years, usually just one, occasionally two, but never before three. At low tide they fed niceley alongside each other, but at high tide, when feeding areas were much reduced, each one vigorously defended it's own 'territory', not tolerating either Water or Rock Pipits coming near.

All the rest of today's action was on the sea, a watch from 06.45 - 12.15 returning totals of 1 Great Northern Diver, 3 Black-throated and 5 Red-throated, (+ 2 unidentified), 155 Gannets, 13 Fulmars, 19 Common Scoters (all drakes), a Great Skua, 2 Puffins (east), 113 Auks, and a small movement of Gulls, including 9 Lesser Black-backs and 10 Common, but just 2 Kittiwakes.