18th March 2015 – More Chiffchaffs


Chiffchaff, one of 4 at the top of Birling Lane.

Another fine day, moderate & cold ENE wind. A modest arrival of Chiffchaff, with 10 being seen in Belle Tout wood and another 4 at the top of Birling Lane also a single Firecrest there. A trickle of Meadow Pipit (c30) arrived in off the sea and Raven’s were displaying over Michel Dean and Shooters Bottom.


Chiffchaff amongst the blooming gorse.

The gorse is flowering well this spring, after almost none last year. I believe that was due to the battering taken during the 2013/2014 winter. Where the content of dissolved sea salt in the air causes a phenomenon called “salt burn”. Which in turn causes the outer branches of the gorse to die off.


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