Monday, 25 May 2015

Spring's not over yet

A couple of visits to the patch over the past few days haven't yielded a great deal although there was enough to suggest that spring migration isn't quite over yet. On Friday a summer-plumaged Black-tailed Godwit had joined the 3 Curlew at Passage House, and 37 Oystercatchers were at Flow Point. Yesterday 25 Common Scoters flew south past Shaldon, a male Wheatear was on the rocks beneath The Ness and a Willow Warbler was singing at Coombe Cellars. Mute Swan numbers have begun to increase with 34 at Passage House where there was also a Lesser Black-backed Gull. The Dark-bellied Brent Goose has remained in the upper estuary, generally present between Netherton Point and Passage House.

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