13th March 2018

Bright and sunny with a light westerly wind.


Peregrine near the apex of the headland.

Another morning without a Wheatear despite there being falls of up to 30 at one south coast site yesterday. Several Redwing were flushed out of the bushes near the old trapping area and the Peregrines were harassing the Raven who are now feeding young in the nest. Several more Redwing pushed from the bushes near Belle Tout. In the same area I encountered a minimum of 2 Firecrest, 1 female Blackcap and a single Chiffchaff the latter of which had a large clump of pollen encrusted on it’s forehead, which I believe is created as the birds take nectar from flowering plants in southern Europe. A male Yellowhammer was in the area of Belle Tout, perhaps a sign they will breed here again this year. 4 Linnet passed over and RE had a male Black Redstart at Birling Gap. There was a large flock of c45 Carrion Crow around the top of the cliffs early on.


A spring Chiffchaff complete with pollen cargo.



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