22nd August 2017

Clear start with a slight easterly breeze.

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


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.


Nightjar. (photo. Bob Edgar)


Some of the 30 Yellow Wagtail around the cattle.


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



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