22nd August 2017

Clear start with a slight easterly breeze.

A morning that featured all the usual suspects for the third week of August.

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Yellow Wagtail at Birling.

My comment yesterday about dwindling Willow Warbler numbers was somewhat incorrect with at least 35+ seen this morning. Wagtails featured most prominently with 30 Yellow Wagtail in with the cattle at Birling and at least another 12 overhead, 2 Grey Wagtail and 2 Alba Wagtail also overhead. Other bits included, 1 Tree Pipit, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2+ Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, c45 Common Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Reed and 1 Sedge Warbler. c280 Swallow, 25 House Martin and 20 Sand Martin all passed over east. 8 Swift also coasted through with the hirundines.

Bob Edgar also trapped a Nightjar early on this morning. Nightjar are scarcely encountered on Beachy Head, although this record follows on from one last May.

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Nightjar. (photo. Bob Edgar)

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Some of the 30 Yellow Wagtail around the cattle.

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Below Common Redstart and Goldfinch at the pub at first light.

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