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.


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


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.



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


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