Despite being the Bank Holiday weekend we headed off for a walk at Stoke Point on August 29th and the scenery was stunning despite the overcast sky. The sea was flat calm and like a polished mirror and on watching a distant flock of gannet resting on the sea or circling around I found at least 5 harbour porpoise briefly surfacing amongst them. A lone shearwater flew east, probably a Manx but it didn't appear to have white underparts and had a very languid looking flight but it was distant and the lack of wind may have affected its flight manner.
On land it was quiet - a kestrel, a raven, 2 buzzards, stonechats and swallows being the highlights - and the lack of sunshine kept the butterfly numbers down with just a wall, a small copper, a male common blue, and a few gatekeepers and meadow browns being seen. Autumn squill was flowering well in its usual place.
August 30th and despite the rain we headed off for a quick walk at Wembury. It stopped raining as we arrived and remained dry for our walk although the path was incredibly muddy and the sky remained grey.
Bird highlights were a ringed plover calling as it flew east, 2 whimbrel along the beach with curlew, oystercatcher, a little egret and 21 mallards (eclipse males and females), plenty of swallows flying overhead, whitethroats skulking in the vegetation at Wembury Point and a juvenile Mediterranean gull with black headed gulls roosting on the rocks. A singing cirl bunting was unusual and there was a flock of around 9 cirl buntings in the sewage farm hedgerow, a tatty looking male and females/juveniles. 3 juvenile wheatears were amongst the rocks along the foreshore. The biggest surprise was a kingfisher flying over the bracken in the valley to the beach - it flew down the valley towards the beach before banking up and flying back up the valley and out of sight, presumably a young bird dispersing and the first time I have seen one at Wembury outside of the winter months.
The toilet block held a dingy footman but best of all a marbled green, my first of the year. 6 common lizards were trying to warm up on the fence posts in the dull weather along with a male long winged cone head and some bloody nose beetles.