3rd April 2017 First Tree Pipit

Light SSE winds clear overnight with fog by morning. You’d think conditions like that would produce good numbers of passerines, but that wasn’t the case. A Tree Pipit flushed from Shooters Bottom was my first this year along with 3/4 Chiffchaff there. The wood held a single Willow Warbler feeding on the western edge and the Tawny Owl’s were heard. Opposite, in the ploughed field, a 4th Calendar year Yellow-legged Gull was present along with a few Herring Gull.


Yellow legged Gull.


Exposure has lightened upper part tone above, the previous shot represents it better. Possibly might be an older bird as it had an all white tail. Interesting Gulls are hard to come by on the headland. July & August often produce juvenile Yellow-legs. Beachy Head still awaits its first record of Caspian Gull. A species which must pass the headland regularly in spring and autumn, so one for the sea-watchers maybe.


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