22nd April 2017 Grasshopper Warbler

A bright morning with a brisk NW wind, warm in sheltered spots. Clouding over by mid morning.

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Willow Warbler in Belle Tout.

I only covered the Belle Tout area and Crowlink, up towards Went Hill. Another arrival of Willow Warbler with upwards of 40 seen over those two sites. Quite a few were dispersing along the Hawthorns that flank the path at Crowlink. Filtering inland across the baron downland. A Grasshopper Warbler sang briefly from the edge of Belle Tout wood, remaining concealed amongst low vegetation. It’s only the second I’ve had in spring here. Short video here. The wood also held a Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, a Lesser Whitethoat and my first Garden Warbler of the year. Common Whitethroats are now increasing in number, holding territories in suitable spots all over the headland. On to Crowlink and Went Hill were a White Wagtail was feeding amongst the cattle. 2 Yellow Wagtail went over calling, a Whinchat along with 2 Wheatear, were feeding in the field. John Cooper and Bob Edgar also had a Ring Ouzel along the cliff path and a Redstart in Shooters.

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Wheatear at Crowlink.

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Stonechat at Birling Gap.

An evening visit to Shooters Bottom produced 12+ Willow Warbler mostly fly catching in the sunshine, a female Redstart and another Grasshopper Warbler in song. 3 Whimbrel flew over east.

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Female Redstart this evening.

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