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.