Thursday, 27 April 2017

Grenofen Woods and Wembury

Sunday 23rd April and after a brief visit to father-in-law at the nursing home at Woolwell we headed off to Grenofen Woods for a walk on a gorgeous sunny day. Bird wise it was very quiet with the highlights being a male yellowhammer, 3 mistle thrush, a swallow and a buzzard with blackcap, chiffchaff and willow warbler seen and heard. I thought I heard the alarm call of a redstart but it quickly went quiet and I couldn't find it amongst the trees.

On checking the web sighting pages that evening it seems that Wembury was the place to have been with a mini fall of waders - sanderling, ringed plover, dunlin, grey plover and a very nice curlew sandpiper - and so I headed out there on Monday 24th April on the bus although I held out little hope of seeing them.

Needless to say there was no sign of the waders other than oystercatchers and at least 5 mobile and flighty whimbrel but I did eventually see 3 grey plover, 1 in winter plumage and 2 in partial summer plumage. They were pointed out to me roosting on the rocks by another birder and they were quite vocal and flighty. Another 5 whimbrel were also seen flying east offshore.


Whitethroats were much in evidence with singing and songflighting males all along the walk and chiffchaffs and blackcaps were seen and heard too. A few swallows were flitting about and a lone house martin was flying around at Wembury Point with another 3 seen over the village. Otherwise the usual birds were seen - stonechats, cirl buntings, linnets, 2 Canada geese, 5 shelduck, a little egret, a grey heron, a pair of mallard, a gannet, a coal tit in the pines at The Point and a rock pipit.

I found a brimstone moth and a wormwood pug in the toilet block which I caught and released outside and along the coast path walk I found 3 lackey moth caterpillar nests and a speckled yellow. Male orange tips were very noticeable flying around and I also saw 2 holly blue and 2 peacock butterflies.

 Brimstone Moth

 Wormwood Pug

 Wormwood Pug (without flash)

 Wormwood Pug (with flash)

 Faded Peacock

 Lackey Moth Caterpillar Nest

Lackey Moth Larva

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