8th April 2012 Savi’s Warbler

After a dank start I headed to West Rise to join Kris Gilliam and Andrew Whitcomb to look for the Savi’s Warbler KG had found the previous day. (before it’s queried, this news is already in the public arena and has already gone on the RBA’s) The bird sang & called on several occasions, showing well in flight during a prolonged pursuit by an aggressive Cetti’s Warbler.

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Little Gull.

Also present were 2/3 singing Sedge Warblers, a Whitethroat, fly over Common SandpiperGreenshank and a Little Gull hawking over the lake. All of which were the first I’ve encountered this year.

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Firecrest in Belle Tout wood.

Enthused by the burst of activity at West Rise I headed to Beachy Head hoping the improving weather would enable me to dig out some more migrants but it was similar fare to the previous day with similar low numbers of Firecrest, Chiffchaff and Black Redstart between Belle Tout and Shooters Bottom. A female Common Redstart (seen the day before by PW) was the first I’d seen this year and a few days later than previous years. 4 Swallow came in off the sea, following on from my first yesterday.

 

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