African Skimmer Cameroon Apr 2018

13 September, 2011

A blustery wind, WSW 5-6/7 again produced virtually nothing over the sea, except 6 Black-tailed Godwits heading W close in (uncommon here). Perhaps surprisingly though, there were plenty of common migrants about, especially in the sheltered spots. I logged 18 Common Whitethroats, c.30 each of Chiffchaff and Blackcap, 15 Wheatears, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Grey Wagtail, 24 + Yellow Wagtails, 45 Linnets and best of all a juv Turtle Dove near the old Mill (year tick!)  and still present late afternoon around Atherington Cottages.

The most noticeable movement however was of Meadow Pipits heading W/SW into the wind or out to sea - difficult to count but I conservatively estimated c.250 with many Swallows, House Martins and a few Sand Martins mixed in. Finally, a Treecreeper in a coastal pine received close scrutiny before I had to accept it was the normal Eurasian species and probably just a local bird!