Monday, 25 April 2011


If this were the Portland website, the word 'dire' would appear now, but at Prawle, we're thankful for small mercies! Only a few 'true' migrants today, the counts of 81 Whitethroats, 16 Blackcaps and 35 Chiffchaffs almost certainly being of birds settling in for the season. Otherwise, a steady trickle of Swallows moving through barely reached 3 figures, 7 Wheatears, singing Lesser Whitethroat and Grasshopper Warbler, and 4 Willow Warblers constituted the migrant passerines, while a single Whimbrel represented the rest. Tony Marchese did a short seawatch early on and came up with a Balearic Shearwater for his troubles. Lots of butterflies though, including my first Green Hairstreaks of the year.