20th August 2018 Melodious Warbler

A calm, sunny morning after 24hrs of poor weather which had seen low cloud, rain and moderate SW winds envelope the headland. As is often the case this time of year, fine weather following poor, often produces birds. As birds move behind inclement conditions.

Sometimes birds are unpredictable, sometimes they arrive just on schedule. This mornings Melodious Warbler was of course a welcome and enjoyable find but definitely a species that should be on the radar this time of year. It was also the second I’ve been lucky enough to find here.

Below todays Melodious Warbler found in the bushes near the radio mast.



Not the best of photo’s but for a bird that lingered no longer than 5 minutes they’ll suffice. It gave it’s self away as it clumsily moved between branches, so different to the light & delicate way the numerous Willow Warblers move through the cover.


I covered the area around the radio mast down to the old trapping area return. It was quite lively with highlights including, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Wheatear, c20 Common Whitethroat, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, c35 Willow Warbler.  About 8 Yellow Wagtail (heard only) and 2 Tree Pipit passed over. 2 Sparrowhawk were also buzzing around the area of the pub.

Spotted Flycatcher near the pub.


A young female Peregrine was noisily chasing anything in sight this morning. It seemed to be enjoying just seeing how much she could throw her weight about.






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