11th August 2017

Cloud clearing to give way to a fine morning, a little NW breeze early on.


Female Common Redstart and Willow Warbler.

As usual I covered the area around the pub, associated bushes between there and the old trapping area, then half way along to Shooters Bottom and back. General feeling was of a reasonably lively morning, the previous night had some clear spells but more importantly it was calm. Inert calm weather seems to work well here this time of year to allow, what can be safely assumed to be, UK breeding birds to make haste on their journey southward.


A very vocal but very camera shy male Common Redstart.

A few autumn firsts were logged, I had 2 Tree Pipit over and JFC bagged the first Pied Flycatcher and Yellow Wagtails of the season. In addition to that I had 2 Common Redstart, c30 Willow Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, c10 Reed Warbler, c65 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler flushed from underfoot and 2 Wheatear.


Wheatear “up top”.


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