Settled warm conditions continued, a light wind meandered from east to south. Again fine calm conditions provided birds!
The main feature this morning was a strong overhead, easterly passage. Notably Swallow and House Martin with 1200+ birds moving in the 1.5 hours I was on site. I find the highest point of the cliffs around the pub often best for seeing the most impressive concentration of birds first thing. Other numbers as follows, Yellow Wagtail (c50) with smaller numbers on the deck mainly around the cattle, 45 Meadow Pipit, 2 Tree Pipit, 3 Alba Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail. In terms of warblers there was a scattering of the usual suspects but a fall of 40+ Chiffchaff was most apparent with not a Single Willow Warbler seen! There was also a Reed Warbler singing this morning! There were also an additional 30+ Chiffchaff and a single Sedge Warbler around Belle tout wood at dusk. 4 Wheatear were also seen. A wing tagged Marsh Harrier also passed through which I’ll put details up about shortly.
So many of the Chiffchaff appear to be juveniles each with it’s own wheezing version of the adult contact call, like adolescents with breaking voices. I don’t notice such a variation amongst the Willow Warblers that proceed them.
Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit and Lesser Whitethroat were new additions for the garden too.