Whilst fruitlessly looking for yesterdays reported “Harrier sp. probably Pallid” redemption came as the autumns first Yellow browed Warbler announced it’s arrival, calling from cover 800m east of Cornish Farm. I believe it’s both a seasonal first for the county and the south coast.
There was also HUGE passage overhead between 06.30 & 09.30. Some 2000+ Hirundines (probably an underestimate) 450+ Meadow Pipit, 3 Tree Pipit, c45 Yellow Wagtail headed east into a light NE airflow. An immature Marsh Harrier headed out to sea early on. Chiffchaffs were very numerous with somewhere upwards of 60+ present. Also 4 Whinchat and 3 Wheatear.
It seems to have been quite a day for Chiffchaff with Bob Edgar, who was ringing in the Hollow, estimated the area hosted c400! There was also a Red breasted Flycatcher in a private garden at Hodcomb on the 18th.
A Wheatear up at Cornish Farm.