James Diamond took the 07.30 "pleasure cruise" aboard MS Oldenburg out of Bideford in beautiful sunshine, hoping for something tantalising on the island, perhaps a Bee-eater, a shrike or a Bluethroat. No joy on that front, but an entertaining day nonetheless with the following sightings:
Nine Blackbirds (including three on the plateau at Quarter Wall and one feeding young in Millcombe), Goldcrest (1 in Millcombe), Blackcap (1), Whitethroat (1), Chiffchaff (4), Collared Dove (2), Woodpigeon (2), Dunlin (1), Ringed Plover (1), Golden Plover (1), a Hawfinch around Millcombe House, House Martin (21), Sand Martin (3), Swift (10), Kestrel (2), White Wagtail (1), a Water Rail singing from juncus in Lighthouse Field and 50 Puffins in Jenny's Cove.
Late in the day the wind dropped away, making for a pleasant return crossing and fish and chips in Bideford before the drive home to Exminster. Thanks James.
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