28th August 2015 – Normal Service.

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.


Tree Pipit.

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.


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