A Red Kite was lingering this afternoon around Leedon Tor, viewed from the B3212 between Dousland and Princetown it was still there when I left a couple of hours ago. Not much else seen in the Burrator area just a couple of Cuckoos and Redstarts. We seem to have lost Wood Warbler and Tree Pipit here unless anyone knows better??
A Red Kite was seen yesterday by Graham Bools over the Mount Gould area of Plymouth. Get on Bosey!!!
Being such a brilliant sunrise start to the day, I thought I can`t stay in bed and waste this and a VERY slow one-way stroll produced:-
29 Common Whitethroat; 31 Jackdaw; 2 Great Tit; 12 Blackbird; 18 Linnet; 5 Goldfinch; 6 Chaffinch; 4 Red-legged Partridge; 31 Blue Tit; 2 Chiffchaff; 6 Stonechat; 1 Lesser Whitethroat; 2 Robin; 1 Pheasant; 1 Yellowhammer; 2 Skylark; 1 Rook; 17 Carrion Crow. Very little over or on the sea:- 12 Herring Gull; 4 Cormorant and 1 Lesser black-back Gull. The area was full of fledglings.
Also 1 female fox with a poodle cut brush sniffing around the bushes.
Belle Vue Road - 0850 - red-rumped swallow north over house and heading upriver. Also 1 peregrine, hobby (north 1238), 9+red kite (all slow north 1225 and 1255, 3+ at 1630 and 4 at 1654), c20+ sandwich tern. All the kites have so far drifted down from Haldon, apparently hitting the river around the Powderham area before heading northwards. Yesterday - adult mediterranean gull and grey wagtail.
Went up to the woods today to deal with the nest boxes. We ringed 49 Pied Flycatchers (five adults) 4 nearly fledged Nuthatch, and two broods of Redstarts, both with five young, best here for many years, and a third brood had fledged either today or yesterday. Sadly neither sight nor sound of Wood Warbler.
The long staying Bonaparte's Gull showed well in front of the hide amongst the numerous Black-headed Gulls at the evening high tide roost. Also 80+ Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Whimbrel and 3 Mediterranean Gulls (two 1st summer and a summer plumaged adult).
A 1st Summer Mediterranean Gull was feeding off Berry Head this morning otherwise just two Manx Shearwaters on a stiff W breeze ( but I was fishing - 16 Mackerel!).
Clennon Valley Monday 30th May; two (pair) siskin feeding in my garden - strange place and time of year as they don't breed locally, to my knowledge and I didn't see any in the garden during the whole of the winter!
Broadsands Sunday 29th May; 1st Summer Med Gull in evening Gull roost with 17 Black-headed Gulls.
After peering through the mist for over 4 hours, it finally cleared to allow about 90 minutes of decent seawatching. Counts as follows; 3 each of Great Northern and Black-throated Divers, 39 Manx Shearwaters, Balearic Shearwater, 3 Storm Petrels, Great Skua and 5 Puffins, along with a steady movement of Gannets, Auks and Kittiwakes. This evening there was an unexpected surge of wader activity. Pride of place goes to the flock of 21 Sanderlings, not only the latest spring record here, but also a site record. Also present, 12 Turnstones (the first since mid March), 10 Dunlin and a Ringed Plover. Elsewhere, just late singles of Spotted Flycatcher and Reed Warbler.