18th March 2015 – More Chiffchaffs

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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.

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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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