10th April 2015 – Redstart

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Female Redstart on Beachy Head this morning.

East winds and high(ish!) day time temperatures continue, although the fine weather seems to limit the number of migrants actually stopping on Beachy Head, in fact numbers were higher when we had north winds! Today I visited both Whitbread Hollow and Shooters. Whitbread was quiet other than a Blackcap and a handful of singing Chiffchaff. Shooters was better hosting my first Redstart of the spring, 6 Chiffchaff and a Firecrest.

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Redstart.

Although general numbers of passerines are down this last week. I suspect most birds are continuing on in the fine conditions rather than hanging around. I did catch up with 2 Ring Ouzel in the scrub next to Belle Tout wood on the 9th. Two Willow Warbler in Belle Tout and a Merlin at Shooters on the 8th. 3/4 Red Kite on the 7th and steady arrival of Swallow with the odd Sand Martin continued throughout the week.

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Migrant Chiffchaff on the cliff tops.

The ESE wind turns attention to the sea here, with short watches on the 8th and 9th had moderate numbers of Common Scoter and Brent Geese on the move, Sandwich Tern c50, Med Gull c 25, Whimbrel c30, Arctic Skua 4, Little Gull c30.

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