2nd September 2017

Clear overnight with a brisk NNE breeze by dawn.


Wheatear along the cliff top this morning.

A pleasant enough morning although a couple of good birds missed. First was a Melodious Warbler found in the pub garden by Richard Butler (looked for but not seen whilst I was there) and a pair of White Stork which passed north over the hollow at 10.20am. The Storks were probably the two birds at Dungeness earlier in the week of dubious origin. With many introduction schemes on the near by continent and one imminent in Sussex, the days of assuming a White Storks is wild are numbered in the south east.


Always good to see a September Swift. You never know if it’s going to be your last this time of year.

Best bits for me were;  7 Wheatear, 4 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 10 Meadow Pipit, 1 Tree Pipit, c30 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Alba Wagtail (all over mostly east), 7 Willow Warbler, 12 Chiffchaff, c35 Common Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Sparrowhawk & 1 Hobby. Hirundines (all 3 species) were moving, with a high percentage of House Martin making up the numbers. There were approx 400+ in the surrounding areas including some birds moving purposefully east. 1 late Swift seen early on. 6 Common Buzzard seen whilst raptor watching at about midday.


Another instalment of “falcons flying away” carrying on from the Merlin earlier in the week, here’s todays Hobby disappearing over Hodcombe.


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