22nd September 2017 Bye for now…

Last post for sometime as I’m away for the next 4 weeks. My time split between St Agnes, Scilly and Fair Isle. Hopefully the weather gods will look favourably upon us and deliver unto us many avian delights… maybe.

A brief summary of the last few days can be covered by two words Swallows and Chiffchaffs.


A Chiffchaff at Crowlink choosing what is the passerine habitat of (no) choice on Fair Isle… a barbed wire fence.

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Part of a large flock of 70 Goldfinch in Shooters.

A feature of every morning this week has been a heavy passage of hirundines. At one point I counted 133 Swallow in a 60 second period. That would give you somewhere in the region of 1000+ birds every 10 minutes. Although the number of birds seemed concentrated into the period between 8am and 9.30am. Chiffchaffs again dominated the upper clifftop sites of Beachy Head with c65 seen this morning in the Birling/Belle Tout area alone. Other the a Whinchat on the 19th & 20th and my first Ring Ouzel of the autumn in Shooters Bottom, also on the 20th, there has been little else of note. Although the simple pleasure of watching mass migration set against such an impressive location is worth getting out of bed for.


Goldcrest in the Old trapping area. c12 seen on the 20th.


House Martin at Birling.

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Belle Tout lighthouse.

Below a Clifden Nonpareil, found by my brother whilst he was jogging along the seafront on the evening of the 21st September. An impressive beast and the first of which I have seen.


Clifden Nonpareil.


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