5th September 2016 Mizzle

Rain until mid-morning, low cloud and drizzle slow to clear. Wind light meandering between S and SW.


Whinchat Birling Gap.

After 48hrs of strong SW winds things abated giving way to light winds and unfortunately, very damp conditions with low cloud. However there were birds to be found and the Wryneck prevails in Shooters Bottom. Totals included; 4 Redstart, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 6 Whinchat, 5 Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, c45 Whitethroat, c28 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff.


Redstart in Michel Dean (the next valley after Birling Gap)

Waders featured today with a party of 9 Golden Plover east whilst Ringed Plover, Dunlin and Turnstone were heard going over, hidden in low cloud. Other overhead movement was very limited. c20 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Grey Wagtail and 10 Meadow Pipit past over in the gloom. Hirundine passage almost halted today with only c20 individuals seen, all but 1 Sand Martin were Swallow. 3 Sparrowhawk (seems to be mostly a passage bird here) were also seen.


Pied Flycatcher in the misty drizzle.




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