Friday, 4 May 2012

Rillage Point to Watermouth

06.15-09.15 An almost still morning for a change; heavily overcast with just a gentle E breeze. A 1st-summer Mediterranean Gull (scarce here), 35 Whimbrels (dividing their time between the rocky foreshore and the first fairway of Ilfracombe Golf Course!), 7 Dunlins, 15 Wheatears, 1 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Tree Pipits, 1 or 2 Grasshopper Warblers, at least 20 Whitethroats, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 10 Blackcaps, 95 Swallows, 3 House Martins and 15 Swifts. 55 Kittiwakes, all heading E again. Yesterday evening (3rd) 1 Spotted Flycatcher (first of year for the patch), plus six Harbour Porpoises close-in and 10 Gannets feeding amongst them.