4th September 2015 – Cold and Quiet

A very chilly morning with a autumnal feel. Moderately strong NW wind taking temperatures lower than the date warrants.

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The other 1999 House Martin are out of shot.

Very little first thing, perhaps the wind and the chill kept bird activity to a minimum. But it felt like birds had left and not much had arrived to replace it. I completed a return loop from the pub to Shooters Bottom during a quick early morning visit. A large gathering of c2000+ House Martin along the cliff tops first thing, I did wonder if they had been roosting en masse on the cliffs below. Overhead a small number of Yellow Wagtail, Siskin (often heard & not seen) and 4 Tree Pipit past over east. 2 Wheatear, 8 Whitethroat, 7 Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler,8 Chiffchaff  and 1 Goldcrest (following my first of the autumn on the 3rd) were dotted about the place but mainly concentrated in the pub garden.

A quick look around Shooters at sunset produced little but I took the time to savour the sight of 3 late Common Swift coasting east along the clifftops. I have a feeling there will be a few more stragglers to come but with a 7 day absence coming up, I feel these guys may be my last until next spring.

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Sunset behind Belle Tout this evening.

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1 Response to 4th September 2015 – Cold and Quiet

  1. Bruno Rodrigues says:

    Great sunset pic!

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