Wheatear – Monknash

A bit outdated now but I thought it was still worth a mention, I spotted my first wheatear of the year on March 8th between Monknash and Southerndown. Incidentally it was virtually exactly the same spot I spotted a black redstart back on the 17th of Feb.

It might also be of interest that in a separate confidential location there are peregrines beginning to nest in the same spot they were last year, on the coast. The pair weren’t successful last season so I’m hoping this will be the year! I took some nice shots a couple of days ago of the resident female bringing back a live dunlin to the nest which must have been caught in flight. It was a bit sad to watch for the dunlin but still pretty a spectacular display of the peregrine’s supreme hunting abilities.

I’ve also been quite active on eBird the last couple of months, in particular creating new public hotspots such that sightings can be collated for each birding location to offer more valuable data to users. A few hotspot names have been corrected too with help from the local hotspot reviewer so I’m hoping it will be a slightly more rewarding experience for anyone else that uses the Website.

One thought on “Wheatear – Monknash

  1. John Wilson

    Interesting post Oscar. Re eBird, we are able to download as a club, all the records for each of our UAs for the year, and they are becoming quite a substantial portion of our total yearly records, alongside Bird Track which is by far the largest part of our annual data set. So it’s interesting to read that these so-called hot spots are being clarified and corrected. One of the biggest bugbears of these online systems is when observers don’t use meaningful location names.

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