An Osprey over the garden at 12.35pm proved to be bird of the day despite technically being “at work” indoors!. Again, if not for the gulls it would have passed unnoticed. It looked like an adult, or least not a juvenile, and on an early date too. This date last year also produced a Honey Buzzard over the garden, which again was an early autumn surprise.
Above and below todays Osprey. Arriving low from the north then reorienting, heading off south west into Beachy Head airspace. A good addition to the garden list. After missing them completely in 2016 it was nice to have an encounter with one so early in autumn.
I only birded the Hollow this morning and relatively rapidly due to work commitments. Highlights being a Nightingale, 4 Whinchat, c25 Willow Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 3 Garden Warbler, c35 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, c200 Swift high up and 6 Sand Martin west.
Willow Warblers are now well and truly on the move with what felt like another modest arrival. Always a pleasure to watch these birds rapidly flit through the bushes and grassy areas of the headland, as they pass onwards on their journey south.