Monthly Archives: April 2016

28th April 2016 A little fall!

A fine bright morning, complete with an arrival of new birds. This was due to the wind dropping to a light WNW breeze after several days of a hard, blocking NW wind. One of the newly arrived Willow Warbler. Despite … Continue reading

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25th April 2016 Bar-tailed Godwit

Strong cold WSW wind this afternoon, gusting at times, occasional showers. Bar-tailed Godwit. A very close encounter with an immaculate Bar-tailed Godwit this afternoon. Feeding on the northern parameter of Shooters Bottom and not the kind of migrant I expected … Continue reading

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15th April 2016 tristis Chiffchaff.

Overnight night rain with a light west wind. The precipitation didn’t do much to change the bird situation. The area toward the very highest point of the cliffs held a few birds, as it sometimes does when other areas don’t. … Continue reading

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Migrant Raptors?

Raptor migration in the UK. Does it really occur within Common Buzzards and Red Kite with the regularity some believe and frequently report? I’m prompted to comment on this having seen 3 Red Kite and c10 Common Buzzard today. I think … Continue reading

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Pied Flycatcher in Eastbourne

Always a sort after spring migrant, this male Pied Flycatcher was found by Kris Gillam in the unexpected location of Gildredge Park. A small manicured recreational space in Eastbourne. A regular autumn migrant, spring Pied Flycatchers are barely annual on Beachy … Continue reading

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12th April 2016 Short-eared Owl

Calm, light SSE breeze with patches of low cloud & mist passing over the headland at times. Hopes of a decent spring fall didn’t materialise. 15+ Phyllosc Warblers, mostly Chiffchaff and a couple of Willow Warbler, the majority of which were up on … Continue reading

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10th April 2016 – East wind blows

The wind direction changed markedly overnight but with it came clear skies. Perhaps too clear to have encouraged any night migrants to stop on the headland. Generally things felt fairly quiet on the passerine front. My efforts were rewarded by … Continue reading

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