13th July 2017 First Reed Warbler

Clear conditions overnight into the morning, moderate east wind.


If we are allowed to call it so, a couple of “autumn” migrants this morning. My first south bound Reed (1) and Sedge Warblers (2). Also 24 Sand Martin (east) and a Ringed Plover passed over. There should be first departing Willow Warblers any day now. It seems crazy to be out in mid-july looking for migrants but I find these early movements fascinating. I guess the bulk would be birds that have failed to breed. I also saw two Blackcap and a Chiffchaff.


Reed Warbler in the Old trapping area.


Raven passing over the headland near the pub, they become a lot less obvious during the summer months, after the young have fledged.



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