Thursday 27 October 2022

Pallid Swift

An early morning trip down to Berry Head in hope of seeing a Pallid Swift that was found and photographed yesterday . We arrived in the dark and went to the seawatching point and after a while other birders started to turn up and a seawatch was soon started .

The first bird that was found was a Great Shearwater and I managed to see 20+ of them but others had many more . Also seen were 2 Sooty Shearwater . 2 Balearic Shearwater , a Manx Shearwater , a single Great Skua , 5 Arctic Skua , 2 Common Scoter and of course plenty of Northern Gannet .

As I was stood there I saw some movement on the cliff face and it turned out to be a female Black Redstart . By now it was around 9.30 and the thoughts were that the Swift had possibly moved on and people were starting to leave . But then a cry went out of Swift !!! . And after a bit of panic there was the Pallid Swift above us and it showed to us briefly as it circled twice above us before heading out of view again . I have waited many years for one of these in Britain and even better to get it in my home county of Devon 👀😀

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