14th August 2015 – Some migrants

Overcast morning with low cloud and a brisk SW breeze. Good selection of birds in Shooters Bottom, no huge numbers except for Common Whitethroat which are very numerous at the moment. 3/4 Ravens flew about the headland cronking. 2 noisy family parties of Stonechat.


Willow Warbler.

3 Wheatear, 1 Whinchat, 6 Willow Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler 45+ Common Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat.


Whinchat, hiding away.


A very young migrant Wheatear.


Still very juvenile looking in appearance.

A late afternoon look around Belle Tout produced a Pied Flycatcher (possibly 2) in the wood, 24 Willow Warbler and a male Redstart below the lighthouse. 5 Whinchat & a Sedge Warbler were along the track to Cornish Farm, also 2 Great spotted Woodpeckers flew east. A handful of Sand Martin flew south.


A camera shy Pied Flycatcher and male Redstart at Belle Tout.

Yesterday, (13th August) shortly before dusk, Shooters Bottom hosted 2 Nightingale, 1 fem/imm Redstart, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler and a single Wheatear.


Looking towards Belle Tout lighthouse with Shooters Bottom on the left. Sometimes I feel the headland is almost too big to cover comprehensively!


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