Friday, 30 June 2017

Med Gulls, Hobby and more Waders

No pics from today as I'm pushed for time so just a few notes!

A morning visit to Black Hole Marsh yielded a stunning adult summer Med Gull which stayed for all of 10 seconds before heading West over Seaton. 3 Common Sandpipers were still present as were the 2 juvenile Black-headed Gulls, 1 of which has been here since at least Tuesday and the 2nd from Wednesday. Also seen was a juvenile Green Woodpecker and at least 8 Kestrels all on view at once thanks to two successful breeding pairs.

Another visit to BHM early evening yielded another Med Gull, this time a juvenile. We likely had 5+ Med Gulls here today but none lingered (Ian Mc had 3 on the estuary at other times of the day and also a Greenshank). As I left the site I had a relatively close encounter with a Hobby, with one perched briefly. I've seen dozens of Hobby here over the years but this was the first to perch up fairly close; needless to say my camera was in its bag (rare)! I mentioned it in a recent post and it is now looking more and more likely that they are breeding fairly locally.

An 8pm walk proved worthwhile and yielded our first Green Sandpiper of the 'Autumn' here with one on Black Hole Marsh, along with 4 Common Sands and a single Dunlin.

Lots of pics to post here when time permits. Any Colyton Wildlife Twitter followers will know that I had an interesting encounter with a juvenile Kestrel recently...

Click on this pic then zoom up to enlarge. It's worth it if you like detail!

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