10th April 2017

Another bright morning, not as much cloud cover as anticipated in fact the bank of cloud seemed to have stalled some miles inland. The wind had switch to a light NNE wind which did, as anticipated, drop in a few birds. I birded the upper areas of the pub and bushes around the S-bends, also Shooters Bottom.


One of this mornings Willow Warbler.

It may sound counter intuitive but a light northerly wind seems to facilitate a fall of birds in spring. I guess these birds labour into the wind whilst crossing the channel and are more inclined to linger due to the extra exertion. I had a rough count of about 30 Willow Warbler, 6 Blackcap, 5 Chiffchaff and 1 Redstart. A Sparrowhawk went east (a species which only occurs in spring and autumn here). A male Wheatear and 2 Swallow passed over. The springs first Whitethroat was seen by Bob at Birling. At about 10.20 a Red Kite drifted east over the garden here in Meads.


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