22 June 2013

Otter Estuary and South West Coast Path, Devon

Down in Devon visiting our good friends Jaffa, aka the Cream Tea Birder, and Helen, aka the Cream Tea Bird. A circular walk around Jaffa's patch, the Otter Estuary, and eastwards along the coast path returning via Otterton, produced very few birds in a strong south-westerly, with 2 Peregrine, 1 Manx Shearwater and 3 Northern Gannet moving west offshore, and 6 Shelduck on the Otter.

1 Red-headed Cardinal Beetle Pyrochroa serraticornis, 1m Thick-legged Flower-beetle Oedemera nobilis and 1 Painted Lady Vanessa cardui were noted, and lots of common wild flowers.

Red-headed Cardinal Beetle Pyrochroa serraticornis

Male Thick-legged Flower-beetle Oedemera nobilis. Popeye Beetle would be a much better name!

7-spot Ladybird Coccinella 7-punctata

Newly fledged Blue Tit, barely able to fly

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