Saturday, 15 April 2017

Missed birds and more of the same

It's been more of the same for me on patch today with 2 Wheatears, 2 Common Sandpipers, 1 Ringed Plover & 1 Whimbrel on BHM tonight. The estuary wasn't quite full at this time so there was likely more out there too. There was one more Wheatear on Coly Common and all 3 were female. Swallow numbers are picking up significantly now with birds showing for much of the day and with 24+ together at Coly Common tonight. Phil and some visiting birders had a Spoonbill on Black Hole Marsh early afternoon but it had just left by the time I got there. Phil said it had flown over the estuary but stayed low so I thought a check of the lower estuary and Seaton Marshes was worth a punt. This proved fruitless as I had no luck relocating the Spoonbill and didn't see anything else of note either!

During the evening visit a gentleman in the hide mentioned that he had the flock of Pale-bellied Brent past Lyme Regis yesterday so they would almost certainly have continued past us here at Seaton. I should have given it a few more minutes of waiting it seems.

Hopefully tomorrow brings us something new.

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