24th August 2018 Melodious Warbler

A moderate SW wind had abated by midnight which led into an overcast morning with almost no discernible wind at all. All of which transformed Beachy Head into a little hive of activity. I only covered my usual circuit on foot, pub to Shooters return. Amongst the many birds about this morning, top find was a Melodious Warbler found by Roger Haggar.


Melodious Warbler in the old trapping area.


Below the all important wing formula.


Some good day counts this morning, worth bearing in mind I only covered a small area! 81 Yellow Wagtail over, 19 Tree Pipit (including a flock of 10), 12 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 52 Willow Warbler, c50 Whitethroat, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap. A Merlin buzzed through & 2 Sparrowhawk were causing concern as they hunted through the bushes. Most of the hirundines were high up this morning, I didn’t pay them a lot of attention as the ground was so busy. About c300 mainly Swallow went over as did a single Great spotted Woodpecker, they have been seen in ones and twos for a week or so.


Wheatear in Shooters.


One of this mornings mini fall of Redstart.


Great spotted Woodpecker over and in silhouette.


Spotted Flycatcher in the old trapping area.



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