This blog has been too quiet of late. Work commitments in London, Builders tearing the house apart and strong North Easterlies haven’t given me much to shout about BUT this weekend I’ve put in some time on the headland.
A late start on Saturday produced my first 4 Lesser Whitethroats of the year, each in song between the path up form the house to Langdon Hole with another on the Farm. A burst of 25 Swallows and my first Common Swift of the year flew over the Lighthouse after lunch, a Greenland–type Wheatear was on the fields and an hours skywatch from the farm produced a Tree Pipit over N, c35 Stock Doves NE and an adult female Marsh Harrier (below) that appeared from the West, flew towards st Margarets and decided to head back East along Reach Road. (I think Ian Hodgson mentioned that this is often what often what Raptors do viewed from this spot). I’ll add that local Birder Colin J had a Rough–Legged Buzzard over the area on the 19th which was later seen in the Sandwich area. Gripped!
It seems like Saturday morning was a good time to be watching the sea. I, however didnt have free time then so attempted my first seawatches from the new patch Saturday eve and Sunday Morning. I think the combination of not figuring out where I’m going to look from and missing the push of activity on the sea made it a little lack lustre but between the two brief sessions the highlights were an Arctic Skua following a ferry with the Gulls, A summer Plumage Black throated Diver, a single Shag, 10 Arctic terns, small numbers of Brent Geese and Common Scoter, commic and sandwich terns were moving further out along with small numbers of Auks. some Swallows in off all to the soundtrack of Black Redstart Song from my Sheltered spot. I probably would have benefitted from joining other locals at better known seawatching sites but hey.
Today was very windy with gusts up to 30mph apparently, with so little to look at on the land and not lots on the sea I Sky watched after lunch for an hour or so. A few migrants appeared to come in off the sea including My first Hobby of the year followed by 2 Common Swifts and several Swallows plus a female Wheatear that made landfall just to the east of my seat.
Butterflies and Lizards everywhere, more on that soon.