28th March 2017

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.

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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.

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female Stonechat with nest material, looks like fine hairs for the interior lining. Perhaps even a bit of Exmoor pony hair there!

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Brent Geese passing high over Beachy Head this morning. Some of the 2000+ seen.

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