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.

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One of the newly arrived Willow Warbler.

Despite clear skies, about 40+ Willow Warbler were in the seaward edge of the Hollow, along with a female Common Redstart and smart male Ring Ouzel all of which having dropped in overnight. A Short-eared Owl flew east across the crystal clear blue sky. I was happy to find my first Garden Warbler of the year, singing and skulking about in cover just above Cow Gap.

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Shore-eared Owl heading east.

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Male Ring Ouzel on the sports pitch in the Hollow.

I went on to have a look around Belle Tout, Birling and Shooters where I added another 3 Redstart, 2 Garden Warbler, 6 Blackcap & a minimum of c25 additional Willow Warbler (bringing the day total towards c70). A single White Wagtail was in attendance amongst the Cattle at Birling. Kris Gillam also had a Red Kite heading west. Funny how Swift and Whinchat have eluded me thus far.

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