14th August 2017

A crystal clear night preceded an equally serene morning with a little easterly breeze.

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The view south out to sea this morning.


A pristine Tree Pipit in Shooters this morning. Although I find the sound of them passing overhead very evocative and pleasing, it’s a rare treat to see them well on the ground here.

A strange morning where it seemed deathly quiet first thing with a burst of activity and numbers in Shooters Bottom at around 08.30am. Highlights were 2 CommoRedstart (one being the same male present since the 11th) 1 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 2/3 Tree Pipit, 2 Yellow Wagtail over (first I have seen this autumn) only c10 Willow Warbler, some c60+ Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler. Hirundine numbers building with some fence lines gathering small flocks, c150 Swallow with c35 Sand Martin, some of the latter loafing, some groups high out to sea. A solitary Swift also passed through.


Swallow & a few Sand Martin just north of Shooters.


Female Common Redstart moving through the strip of Hawthorn between OTA and Shooters.


Willow Warbler in Shooters.


The male Common Redstart still in the clump next to the double parking bays west of the pub. Still giving the same obstructed views! A Pied Flycatcher was reported in Shooters making it the third one I’ve failed to see in the last few days.

A late evening visit to Shooters produced a calling Nightingale and a flock of c150 Swift descended to feed on a fly-ant hatch. At times passing at head height complete with whooshing sound effects!

Below Bob’s Edgar’s photo’s of the Wood Warbler ringed on the 13th August at the Hollow ringing station. Which, along with two records from April, takes the annual tally to a healthy 3 for this increasingly scarce migrant.

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(photo’s Bob Edgar)

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