Although the wind has been consistently in the NE or ENE sector it hasn’t killed off the detectable passage of summer migrants.
Spotted Flycatcher in Belle Tout on 9th.
The 8th was cold and grey but I had at least 15 Willow Warbler (mostly in the gully) and a Short eared Owl (scarce this spring and my first of 2017) passed leisurely through the hollow. Whilst KG had 3 Spotted Flycatcher at Belle Tout & 2 Black Redstart at Birling.
Short eared Owl on the 8th.
The 9th was a brighter day but the cool wind kept a lid on the temperatures. There seemed to be less migrants than the previous day although there was a female Redstart in the old trapping area, 5 Willow Warbler, 1 Spotted Flycatcher in the wood, a Hobby shot through Shooters at lunchtime and a Reed Warbler was also in song there. The Raven have two young now flying around the top of the headland.
Common Buzzard from the 8th May. Certainly striking an interesting flight silhouette when it first appeared, flight action was quite odd too!