16th April 2017 Pied Flycatcher

A calm, bright morning with a light SW wind building throughout the day with rain late on.

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Wheatear in the gully first thing.

A full and rewarding day on foot covering most of the headland with pal Jamie Partridge. Every site was covered from Holywell to Michel Dean & Crowlink.

Wheatear 7, Black Redstart 1, Common Redstart 3, Pied Flycatcher 1 (Went Hill), Firecrest 1 (Birling Lane), Whitethroat 10 (various singers across the headland), Lesser Whitethroat 1 (Belle Tout). A single Yellow Wagtail and a Siskin were heard passing over the Hollow. A Merlin appeared briefly chasing two Pied Wagtail over Crowlink, 5 Common Buzzard together over the Old trapping area gave the impression they may be wanderers and not local birds. 25+ Willow Warbler throughout the day. 6+ Chiffchaff were heard along with 15 Blackcap. A steady arrival of Swallow throughout the day amounting to about c65 birds.

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Female Pied Flycatcher at Went Hill.

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Pied Flycatchers are a scarce encounter for me during spring.

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Black Redstart.

An early evening visit to West Rise was worth it with a single Drake Garganey on the smaller lake accompanying 4 Gadwall and 4 Teal. 2 immaculate Med Gulls past thro calling and over the main lake 70+ Swallow, 10 House Martin & 2 Sand Martin fed low over the water. 2 Water Pipit were still present in the wetter areas, surely about to move on soon.

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