29th August 2017

A still morning with virtually no wind, very hot and humid. The sea was like a mill pond and I was able to pick out 4 Harbour Porpoise in the distance.

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Spotted Flycatcher in the Old trapping area.

My usual circuit on foot from the pub to Shooters Bottom return, a distance of around 4.5km. In general it felt quieter for me, very low numbers of phyllosc warblers. Hirundines were again moving mainly east, a very rough estimate of 300/400 seen of all three species. Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler numbered the same this morning, they will soon be trading places as the most common phyllosc warbler passing through the headland. I also perceived an increase in Robin numbers, easy to forget these birds are also migrants. Shooters Bottom was quite good for sylvia warblers.

5 Redstart, 4 Whinchat, c10 Robin, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, c45 Whitethroat, 4/5 Lesser Whitethroat, c8 Blackcap, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Goldcrest, 3 Yellow Wagtail over (more heard), 1 Grey Wagtail, 4 Alba Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit, 1 Merlin, 3 Swift.

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Merlin near the pub this morning.

A dusk visit to Shooters Bottom yesterday (28th) produced a Short eared Owl and 49 Yellow Wagtail over.

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Short-eared Owl hunting at Shooters in the late evening sun on the 28th.

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