Last night, after hearing a Tree Pipit flying about under thundery skies (I’ve never heard them at night before) I had hoped the headland would be alive with downed migrants this morning… Unfortunately it was pretty mediocre and very damp until after lunch. 2 Wheatears, some fly over Yellow Wagtails and a Tree Pipit later I had returned home by 8am.
However, checking Shooters Bottom and Belle Tout in the afternoon did produce a few birds; c50 Common Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler (SB), 2 Redstart (SB & BT), c500+ House Martin (at various locations, seemed to be hanging around feeding in the lee of the wind along the cliff tops) 2 Swift with the Martin flock (decently late records), 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Spotted Flycatcher (BT), also 3 additional Wheatear at Belle Tout lighthouse.
I know! How many Spotted Flycatcher photo’s am I going to post?. I thought these were two nicely marked juveniles worthy of including. Even though the same number at Belle Tout wood as yesterday, obviously different from the one in yesterdays post.