17th September 2014 – Demise of a Wryneck.

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Above are the remains of a Wryneck, probably taken by one of the Sparrowhawk currently patrolling the rides at Shooters Bottom. I came across these last week on the 10th. At least I know where one of the two Wrynecks ended up.

Strong ENE wind with the day developing both sunny and very warm for the time of year. This morning I visited Shooters Bottom and Michel Dean, AKA Sardine Valley. There was still a steady over head passage throughout the morning consisting of 400+ Swallow, minimal numbers of House & Sand Martin mixed in. 100+ Meadow Pipit, 1 Tree Pipit, and 35+ Yellow Wagtail. Shooters Bottom held, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 20 Whitethroat, 12 Blackcap, 1 Sedge Warbler & 1 Wheatear. I also heard a single Golden Plover over head. Michel Dean held 5 Wheatear, 30 Meadow Pipit on the ground, and a single Merlin flew through. Whenever I glanced skyward today (even in the centre of Eastbourne late afternoon) the run of Hirundines continued, accurate day counts at the moment are in the 1000’s I’d imagine.


Chiffchaff at Michel Dean.


Common Darter.


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