24th August 2016 HOT!

Another day of warm sunny weather accompanied by a moderate easterly air flow, hot by 7am! The favourable conditions produced another quality morning with good overhead passage from the start. I birded (06.15-08.30) around the pub, old trapping area and the strip between there and Shooters Bottom.

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The view from behind the pub looking west towards Belle Tout lighthouse.

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Wheatear on the pub roof.

Yellow Wagtails were very conspicuous this morning with birds moving east in numbers. 50+ recorded along with my first 2 Grey Wagtails of the season. A further 120+ Yellow Wagtails east over Shooters Bottom just before dusk. 12 Tree Pipit also passed over. Swallows and Sand Martin made up the bulk of 450+ Hirundines around the headland first thing. With House Martin accompanying them in much smaller numbers. 30+ Swift also put in an appearance after a few days absence. Of interest on the ground were 2 Whinchat, a brief appearance of a Pied Flycatcher in the pub garden, 3 Wheatear on the pub roof and 2 Redstart. I flushed a Grasshopper Warbler near the radio tower as I concluded the loop. 65+ Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Reed Warbler, 1 Blackcap, 1 Garden Warbler and 12 Willow Warbler were scattered about at various sites covered. A showy Nightingale was in Shooters Bottom at dusk.

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Redstart.

I’m now off to Falsterbo, Sweden until Monday. Hej då!

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