3rd September 2014. Swallows moving.



Another day of fine weather with clear skies, sun and a strengthening east wind. I spent most of my time this morning at Shooters Bottom. Swallows and Martins provided the spectacle this morning with somewhere in the region of 2000 individuals all tracking east into the wind between 07.00 and 10.30, an even split between Swallow and House Martin with just a few Sand Martin. Meadow Pipit (c30), Tree Pipit (1), Yellow Wagtail (c20), Grey Wagtail (3) & small numbers of Chaffinch, Goldfinch and Linnet joined the passage. Migrants on the ground consisted of a few regulars. Singles of both Redstart & Whinchat, 20 or so Blackcap, c35 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat.



 Also 3/4 Spotted Flycatcher between Shooters Bottom and Hodcomb. 3 Wheatear were also along the cliff tops. Seems to have been a further arrival of Hummingbird Hawkmoths over the last few days also, another 2/3 seen today.


Spotted Flycatcher.


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