17th September 2014 – Demise of a Wryneck.

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Wryneck.

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.

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Chiffchaff at Michel Dean.

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Common Darter.

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