Monday, 27 June 2011

... and more from the weekend - Prawle of course!

Friday, 25th, flushed a Quail from beside the coastpath at Gammon Head, (or rather my dog did).

Saturday 26th, seawatching at either end of the day resulted in 502 Gannets, 74 Fulmars, 921 Manx Shearwaters, 3 Common Scoters, 3 Curlews, single Great and Arctic Skuas, 19 Kittiwakes, adult summer Med Gull, 2 Common Terns and 41 Razorbill/Guillemots. In between times, spent the time trying to locate active Swift nests. This is a very embarrassing past-time - have you ever tried to look innocent while staring up at people's houses with binoculars for hours on end? Anyway, there seem to be a similar number to last year, which is good news, as is the fact that House Martin numbers are slightly up. In what seems to have been a very good breeding season, highlights include the second recorded breeding of Great Spotted Woodpecker, and 2 pairs of Wheatears for the first time, while on the down side, the Herring Gulls at the Point have again been totally wiped out, and there are no Meadow Pipits for the first time in 30 years.