After many days of very strong east winds, this morning was comparatively still allowing the sunshine to warm the bones. I was hoping for a better arrival of passerines but it was a bit disappointing in that respect. Only 3 Firecrest and 8 Chiffchaff being seen. RH did have a Willow Warbler in the old trapping area and RC had 4 Swallow over Hodcombe. The guys who were seawatching (JC, DC, RE etc.) had a much better morning with conditions effectively unblocking sea passage. The totals can be found on John’s blog here. Although not technically seawatching I did see my first Sandwich Terns of the year, several hundred of both Common Scoter and Brent Geese along with a few Mediterranean Gull.
This striking male Stonechat is again holding territory in Shooter Bottom. There are a number of males on the headland that appear to share some genetic heritage with their continental brothers.
female Stonechat with nest material, looks like fine hairs for the interior lining. Perhaps even a bit of Exmoor pony hair there!
Brent Geese passing high over Beachy Head this morning. Some of the 2000+ seen.