Friday, 6 April 2012

Rillage Point to Watermouth (nr Ilfracombe)

Good visible (and audible!) migration this morning. Small flocks of Meadow Pipits, Goldfinches and Linnets striking out to sea, heading north; 7 Crossbills going west; four Rooks heading straight for Wales high into the NE headwind; 16 Swallows (in ones and twos), 3 Sand Martins and 5 House Martins (the latter in one group and my first of the year); plus 4 Chiffchaffs and 1 Blackcap in the scrub. As unexpected as the migrating Rooks was a single Tree Pipit, which flew high over Widmouth Head calling as it went out to sea - just about the earliest I've ever recorded.