Well it's about time I caught up with things, and tell all about the excitement following my last blog post.
Tuesday afternoon I headed off to work, and walked along the cycle track into Seaton. As I came down to the marshes the first bird I saw was a male Whitethroat - my first of the year! Pleased with that, I walked a little further south to the water treatment works on the edge of Seaton Marshes. There were a few Willow Warblers flitting about, but I wasn't expecting what I saw next - a male Pied Fly!
Now this may not seem like much to many birders, but to us it's a big event...
A Pied Fly of any form at any time of year is notable for us, with autumn being the best time (although we never get more than a handful). Spring Pied Flies are rare here, and rarer still are spring male Pied Flies. This is only the third of this plumage I've ever seen on patch, with the other two being on Beer Head - the last four years ago. It's not just about the rarity value though - they are such stunning birds.
I thought I'd best grab a record shot of it when I first saw spotted it, in case it was to disappear...
|Still looks amazing despite the awful pic!|
Thankfully it did remain, and Karen got some excellent snaps of it, see HERE. Sue also got some great pics of it, along with some shots of the lovely Yellow Wag on Black Hole Marsh earlier that day, see HERE.
It wasn't just birds I saw on this walk in, but plenty of Butterflies too. I only saw Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells, but there were lots of them...
Today, all I've had time for was an hours sea watch from the Spot On Kiosk, where I had arranged to meet Gav at dawn. The conditions weren't great, and I wouldn't describe it as being busy, but it was great to see a few sea birds at last.
Best of all were three stunning Great Skuas that flew fairly close west together just after 7am. Two adults and one clearly a younger bird with a paler belly and less prominent white wing flashes. It was also nice to see some Manx Shearwaters finally, with 16 west (two and a distant flock of c14). Other than this I saw a few distant Terns and Kittiwakes, six Common Scoter, two Red-throated Divers and a distant large Diver sp..
Tomorrow looks as though it may be good for some more grounded migrants. Fingers crossed!