A well timed break spent at Shooters Bottom was worth it!
A few hours spent in Whitbread Hollow first thing. The wind was from the NE with a distinct autumn chill in the air. Overhead passage was again strong for another morning with birds heading into the wind but meandering a bit more than last few days. 250+ Swallow, 80+ House Martin, 150+ Meadow Pipit with some birds coming down. Finches also beginning to feature with 4 Greenfinch, 20 Linnet and 50 Chaffinch, everything heading east or north east. Also in the mix were, 2 Pied, 2 Grey and 3 Yellow Wagtail. On the ground the highlight was a Grasshopper Warbler with Blackcap (80+) and Chiffchaff (30+) still being the most conspicuous species. Also 3 Goldcrest. Highlight of the day came during a break from work when an Osprey passed high to the SE over Shooters Bottom at 14.40hrs. There were perhaps 600/800 hirundines in the air over the headland with 25 Chiffchaff and a few Blackcap in the bushes there too.