3rd May 2016 Whinchat

Bright and sunny with a light NW breeze.



Quite and change from yesterdays murky and dank conditions with a few bits of interest in Whitbread Hollow. I had singles each of Redstart and Whinchat, only a few Willow Warblers to be found unlike the numbers seen on the clifftops above. Strange how the numbers of migrants can vary like that within such a small distance. A Sedge Warbler was belting out a tune along the cliff edge at Cow Gap. Moderate passage of Swallow and House Martin was going on over head. 3 Lesser Whitethroat were heard.


Many Common Whitethroat now back on territory and actively nest building.

Yesterday (2nd May) brought a significant change in the weather with a mild and murky SW weather system passing through bringing with it a decent sea passage. I had limited time and viewing conditions were pretty crappy from Birling Gap. A steady passage of Commic Tern (several 100), 4 Black Tern, 2 Arctic Skua & 3 Bar tailed Godwit passed east. In Belle Tout wood there were, 12 Willow Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat (strange to see them in the wood) & 5 Blackcap making up a small roving flock feeding on the ground.


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