After almost 5 days of torrential downpours and relentless SW gales restbite came Thursday night in the form of calm, clear conditions with a little over night rain. This topped up the migrant totals which had been whittled down to near zero by the preceding unfavourable weather.
A new Pied Flycatcher at the Beachy Head Pub garden.
A good scattering of Whitethroats (c65) and Willow Warblers (c35) over the headland. With the pub garden and old trapping area hosting a Pied Flycatcher, 4 Redstart, 3 Whinchat and at least 5 Reed Warbler. Diurnal migration was visible for the first time in days with c10 Tree Pipit, c35 Yellow Wagtail and about c120 Sand Martin passing over. 2/3 Spotted Flycatcher were on the eastern side of Belle Tout wood, spending as much time chasing each other as they did flys. I did see one take a few Chalk Hill Blues too. Also 2 fly over Grey Wagtail my first of the autumn.
A spell of raptor watching produced only local Common Buzzards. Although a distant raptor, departing SE over the sea at incredible height, eluded definitive identification. Surely something good.
More often heard flying over, this one I flushed out of long grass near Belle Tout, it then posed momentarily before flying off calling.
Clouded Yellow at Belle Tout.
Several Clouded Yellows and a Hummingbird Hawkmoth seen this morning. Surely part of the arrival 7 days ago brought out by todays fine weather.