Saturday 25 October 2014

Saturday 25th October

Despite the lack of wind and rain today was perhaps the best of the year for activity at sea. A large feeding flock in Lyme Bay saw counts of 160+ Gannet and 80+ Kittiwake offshore, these were continually chased by gulls and skuas with a minimum of 20+ Arctic, two Pomarine and a Great Skua during the day. Also offshore at least five Great Northern Diver and a Merlin. There was also movement overhead with 1840 Wood Pigeon, 189 Jackdaw, 149 Skylark, 102 Linnet, 94 Goldfinch, 62 Pied Wagtail, 10 Stock Dove, three Sparrowhawk, two Swallow, two Redpoll and a Siskin. Elsewhere a Dartford Warbler and a Cirl Bunting were in Greenland Lake and 18 Black-tailed Godwit, five Mediterranean Gull, four Sandwich Tern and the Slavonian Grebe were in the estuary.

Wildlife News: A helice Clouded Yellow was in Greenland Lake and both Common Darter and Migrant Hawker were still on the wing.

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