7 Jan 21

Magazine Source

MRA

Magazine Author

Martin Adlam

Magazine Date
07-01-21
Magazine Article
Old Quarry Lane, Easton Railway Cuttings, Channel View Road, Pound Piece, Bowers Quarry, Blacknor Fort, Southwest Coast Path, Barleycrates Lane, Weston Road, Easton and Wakeham

What a beautiful sunny day. It was still pretty cold, but at long last that bitter north-easterly wind we had to endure for the past few days, finally eased right off.

Some good highlights along my walk today, with new additions to my year list with a Grey Wagtail over Park Road (Easton), a Peregrine and Fulmar flying alongside the West Cliffs and 5 Stock Doves and 2 Rooks in the fields to the north of Barleycrates Lane.

I missed out on seeing the Rose-coloured Starling by a minute, according to another birder, who had seen it on a rooftop in Channel View Road. I also failed to find any of the Black Redstarts along Barleycrates Lane, though I did get a female Pheasant.

Also about was a male Stonechat in St George's Graveyard.

One other highlight was watching a climber on the West Cliff and then realising I wasn't the only one watching him, as there was a Grey/Common Seal watching him closely from below.

Here are a few images and videos from today:

A bit of colour to start off  my walk this afternoon. One of several Blue Tits along the Old Quarry Lane.

Eleven for health. I go along with that, as far as the saying goes for Magpies. The reason for the Magpies was that a cat was close by.

This male Stonechat started off in the sports field and then made its way north........

.........to St George's Cemetery.

Seems that the cemetery is a good place for a meal.

Just south of Blacknor Fort (Now called The Round House) is Mutton Cove just below me. Along here I had a Peregrine heading up the coast and a Fulmar heading the opposite way. What I didn't expect to see here was this...........

.............Grey Seal. or is it a Common. Either way I would hazard a guess that this is a pregnant female.

She was quite interested in something below me and as I turned to my left I could see a climber just 50 feet or so above here. She watched him for awhile and then dived out of sight.

In the field north of Barleycrates lane were 150+ Jackdaws and Carrion Crows, plus these two Rooks.

Also in the same field were these two Stock Doves and a further 3 to their right.

Not the easiest birds to actually see, as they spent most of their time feeding, keeping their heads low to the ground.

Further along Barleycrates I was hoping to see a Black Redstart by the Horse paddock, but instead I came across this female Pheasant.

This is Bowers Quarry with St George's Church in the background. It wasn't until I zoomed in,..........

...........that I realised how precarious the church sits to the quarry edge. Is it me or does that steeple look as if it's leaning a bit to the left.

And we're off..............

............flying through the air.

A well deserved break for Ted.

Mammals Recorded: Grey/Common Seal

Birds Recorded: 1 Fulmar, Buzzard, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 1 Pheasant, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, 5 Stock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, 1 Stonechat, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Wren, Magpie, 2 Rook, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch and Goldfinch

Ships Today

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