17th September 2017

An overcast morning with a light, cool northerly wind. Cloud clearing only to return by midday. The hirundine numbers made for a spectacle today. I covered most areas except Shooters Bottom.

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Initially the cool wind had concentrated large numbers of hirundines around the cliff tops. Throughout the morning there must have been somewhere in the region of 2500+ birds scattered around the headland. Made up of 70% House Martin, the rest being Swallow with the odd Sand Martin. Bob had a late Swift whilst ringing in the Hollow. The other notable species (in terms of numbers) were Chiffchaff.

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Short eared Owl near the old trapping area.

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Totals included; 100+ Meadow Pipit (a lot of birds on the ground this morning) c30 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit, 2 Grey Wagtail, 3 Alba Wagtail, 2 Skylark, 1 Siskin, 1 Wheatear, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, c80 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, c15 Blackcap, 2 Common Whitethroat, 2 Goldcrest and a single Merlin.

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Spotted Flycatcher Belle Tout.

A raptor watch between 11.00 and 12.50 produced c10 Common Buzzard sightings, a Short eared Owl, 4 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk and a Peregrine (local). SL had a Marsh Harrier earlier in the day.

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One Response to 17th September 2017

  1. Hanna says:

    Oh! How I enjoyed the view of the owl. A spectacular sight!!

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