Thursday, 26 March 2020

Mwnt Wed 25th March

A lone Wheatear was on the short turf in front of the Church with a pair of Chough on the roof at 7.30am yesterday.  It was also nice to hear and see the Stonechat display flight and some feisty defence of its gorse bush territory from passing linnets and goldfinches. Only 2 pipits glimpsed which I reckoned on being the local rock pips but strangely no mipits seen.  The pair of kestrels were hunting invertebrate prey and a fine male Sparrowhawk did a flypast which provoked some exercise among the smaller birds.
On the sea were 2 Red Throated Divers, and flying over it 3 Sand Martins, 1 Shelduck and 2 Scoters plus a noisy bunch of the larger gulls.

Sadly no Yellowhammers or Skylarks seen or heard along some nearby lanes which have suitable field habitats adjacent but I did find a pair of Long Tailed Tits building a nest in the fork of a tree 4m up. 4 chiffies were busy feeding in a tiny copse: trees being at a premium on this coastal plateau, so much so that a crow was sitting on a nest in a bush only 2m off the ground!