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.
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.
Short eared Owl near the old trapping area.
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.
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.