Coverage of the farm this morning – still 2 Lapland Buntings and 300 Linnets kicking about, plus a very good count of 35 Corn Buntings, a Firecrest, 2 Tree Sparrows and an adult male Hen Harrier that flew along Reach Road, leaving a trail of envy in its wake.
Some activity down in the bay included a Shag and a Firecrest and up on the fields the Linnet flock was up to 300 and 2 Lapland Buntings were flying about. A ringed Treecreeper was found in the valley, presumably one of last year’s.
Despite the rarity of a rain-free day there was little change on the last post except that the Tree Sparrows proved elusive and the Linnet flock had increased to 250.
An afternoon walk around the farm turned up an excellent 28 Yellowhammers, 6 Tree Sparrows and 2 Reed Buntings, plus 150 Linnets out on the fields.
Coverage of Langdon Cliffs this morning turned up a Lapland Bunting, 3 Stonechats, 8 Tree Sparrows, 200 Linnets, 17 Yellowhammers and 3 Reed Buntings.
The latest Covid-19 lockdown is obviously going to have a negative effect on coverage here, but at least there are a few locals who can keep an eye on things and this morning a Black Redstart was in the bay, 3 Little Egrets were on the rocks and 5 Redwings were scattered about.
In persistent rain with a brisk and cold NE wind 300 Gannets were moving steadily NE across the bay, but otherwise variety and numbers were nothing to write home about, with 2 Shags, 2 Red-throated Divers, 4 auks and a Brent Goose the best of the rest.
The first visit of the year was cold but tolerable in the merest NW breeze and the birding pretty good for the time of year. About 140 Cormorants were moving about aimlessly offshore but eventually arranged themselves on the harbour breakwater, like that ditty about Ten Green Bottles. The farm margins were particularly productive, containing at least 13 Tree Sparrows, 20 Yellowhammers and 3 Reed Buntings, while 300 Linnets and 80 Skylarks were out on the fields and at least 30 Blackbirds were enjoying what is left of the autumn hawthorn crop.