Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Wembury 11th March 2012

A bright and sunny day with no wind and temperatures of 16 degrees plus (!) so we headed out to Wembury for a walk along the coast path. Unfortunately it was a Sunday and with the nice weather the place was packed out but at least with it being a Sunday the cafe was open and we enjoyed a coffee and pasty amongst the crowds.

The toilet block lights were not on today so the only moth I found was a very dead one, not sure what it is. I hope the lights get sorted out soon otherwise my moth sightings at Wembury are going to plummet.

Dead moth sp.

Bird wise it was quiet with the best birds being 3 winter plumaged Slavonian grebes offshore at Wembury Point. It was a very low tide and 2 birds were seen resting on the water surface with a third bird a little further away but the views were distant and heat hazy. I thought there were 3 birds back a few weeks ago but I never saw more than 2 at the surface together at any time so it was nice to see the 3 together today.

Other birds of note were a singing chiffchaff, presumably an arriving migrant which was heard but not seen, a female kestrel and 3 male stonechats with one seen song-flighting.

Sloes were starting to flower and a peacock butterfly was seen briefly flying past. 4 common lizards were sunning themselves on the wooden fences by the footpath. Spring has certainly arrived now.

Flowering sloe

2 common lizards

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