A very chilly morning with a autumnal feel. Moderately strong NW wind taking temperatures lower than the date warrants.
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.
Sunset behind Belle Tout this evening.