20th April 2018 A few Ring Ouzels

The weather was fine, warm and calm, a combination which usually rings the bell of doom for migrants. Fine weather in spring tends to encourage them to pass over without stopping. Although for some unknown reason there were a few bits of interest to be seen.


Ring Ouzel.

At least 3, typically shy and flighty Ring Ouzel were new in at Shooters Bottom, a total of c25 Willow Warbler were spread between the Old trapping and Belle Tout, 3 Wheatear, a Merlin whizzed through, a single Brambling and female Common Redstart were below the lighthouse and a Red Kite passed low over the wood. The latter transpired to the the first of c18 seen over Beachy Head and Eastbourne.

Both Lesser and Common Whitethroat can now be heard singing on the headland in small numbers. My first being seen on the 16th and 18th April respectively.


Red Kite low over Belle Tout Wood.



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