26th April 2017 Wood Warblers

A bitterly cold & strong NE wind, clear skies continue. The north wind worked again by dropping in some migrants, despite a clear night and morning.

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Wood Warbler in the old trapping area.

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Literally the first bird I saw this morning was this lovely Wood Warbler in the old trapping area. The bird called continuously and occasionally sang. An excellent bird on Beachy Head (or anywhere these days?) and my first here since 2015. There were also 6 Willow Warbler in the bushes along with a Garden Warbler. Then on to Shooters Bottom where there was very little other than a Common Redstart and a Lesser Whitethroat in song. I ended up in Belle Tout Wood where I met Kris Gillam. Where we remarkably found a second Wood Warbler singing above us. Two in one morning is quite exceptional by modern standards. There were also 4 Willow Warbler in the trees and a Firecrest in the bushes just to the west of the plantation.

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