Mostly clear all day with a fresh and cold north wind strengthening and turning SW by 6pm. A full day out on foot with JP taking in the whole headland. Covering all sites from the Hollow to Friston return, out via Shooters and Birling and back through Long Down and Bullock Down. A whopping 17kms covered!
Short eared Owl at Went Hill.
A great day with a good spread of migrants one of the most enjoyable days birding this year. Initially there was an over head movement of Yellow Wagtail early on and, of note, a late Swift, a species which has been unusually absent over the last fortnight. Highlights included the long staying Melodious Warbler, the first Merlin and Short eared Owl of the autumn, good numbers of both Redstart and Wheatear. Bob also trapped a Wood Warbler in the Hollow.
13 Common Redstart, 1 Black Redstart, c40 Wheatear, 5 Whinchat, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, c50 Willow Warbler, c40 Common Whitethroat, c15 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, c6 Reed Warbler, c10 Blackcaps, 1 Melodious Warbler, 2 Tree Pipit, c100 Yellow Wagtail, c50 Barn Swallow, 3 Sand Martin, 1 Swift, 1 Merlin, 6 Sparrowhawk, c12 Common Buzzard, 1 Short eared Owl (broken outer primary on left wing)
One of the Common Redstart in the Old trapping area.
Pied Flycatcher at the radio mast.
One of the 12 Common Buzzard this one over Michel Dean.
Common Swift, just a lone bird over Birling early on.
Sparrowhawk over Went Hill.