Saturday, 30 April 2011

Prawle - roundup 28 & 29/4

28/4; Female Woodchat Shrike found early evening on the clifftop at Horseley Cove. Appeared to be well fed - content to just sit around. Some traces of blood on it's face, so had probably eaten a Cirl Bunting recently! On the beach below, 17 Bar-tailed Godwits (3-4 in breeding plumage), 13 Whimbrel, and a Grey Plover at Langerstone Point. 45 Manx Shearwaters east in a single flock.

29/4; Shrike still present, today favouring the walls/hedges running north from the beach. Also today, a male Whinchat (alongside the shrike), 9 Wheatears, Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher (female), and 4 Willow Warblers. Earlier, a seawatch produced 232 Gannets, 23 Manx Shearwaters, 4 Common Scoters, 91 Bar-tailed Godwits (east, + 3 still at Horseley Cove), 12 Whimbrel (east, + 2 at Horseley), Arctic Skua, 11 Common Gulls (all immatures), Sandwich Tern, 162 Guillemot/Razorbills and a Puffin. (Also, very pleased to see a Basking Shark - my first here for many years).

(p.s. Nice picture of the Stork, Roy - I wish my distant record shots were that good!!)