Wednesday 17 March 2010

Dolphins off sea front

Wednesday 17th March
A visit to the patch early this morning was a little disappointing after a sprinkling of migrants in South Devon yesterday. Still no migrants, but a lone Black-tailed Godwit was the first I have seen for some time and good old William the Whimbrel (now his 3rd consecutive winter!) showed well at one of the scrapes as it had a good preen with a few Curlew. On the sea a Great crested Grebe and a Common Scoter west. Other than that, it was very quiet.

A visit to the sea front this evening for the last 45 minutes of light produced 4+ dolphins seen distantly, but judging by there size and the obviousness of their dorsal fins (picked up in bins at distance) I assume they must have been Bottlenose Dolphins, but I did not see any detail on them. Anyway, it was certainly a nice sighting as a couple of animals did full breaches clear of the water. This is only the second sighting of dolphins since moving here when me and the Mrs had good views of Common Dolphins on 31st May last year.

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