11th September 2014 – Birding



First few days back after a cycling trip to the Vuelta España bike race in the mountains of Asturias, northern Spain. I had missed the mass arrival of Wryneck to our shores, with several being present on Beachy Head in my absence but they seem to have all departed, so I am left Wryneck-less for the time being. The main feature today was the constant and steady stream of House Martin with smaller numbers of Swallow and a few Sand Martin mixed in. These large easterly movements of hirundines (2000+ in a few hours) were accompanied by Meadow Pipit (100), Yellow Wagtail (20+) and 1 Grey Wagtail. Things on the ground were pretty slow with 4 Wheatear, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, small nos. of Whitethroat, Blackcap and Chiffchaff (15 probably the most I’ve had so far this autumn), with no Willow Warbler seen today.




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