An overcast & very calm morning, compared to yesterday’s blustery dearth of migrants, where 12 Yellow Wagtail with cattle behind Hodcomb were the highlight. Today at least had some interest. I walked from the radio mast to the western end of Shooters return, also taking in some of the cliff top bushes opposite the pub. If time allows, I’m trying to cover as much on foot as possible as this increases the number of birds I encounter. The stretch between the old trapping area to shooters often holds birds. I don’t think I’ve seen another birder walk it.
Common Redstart at the radio mast.
Flyover appearances from 2 Grey Wagtail (following my first of autumn on 24th) a Tree Pipit and 2 Yellow Wagtail. For the first time this autumn it felt like Hirundines were just begining to move with about c120 seen in the morning (90% Swallow 10% Sand Martin), mostly moving east and amongst them 2 Swift. 4 Common Redstart, 1 Black Redstart, a single Whinchat, Common Whitethroat still very noticeable with about c60 seen, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, c15 Willow Warbler.
I returned for an hour at 13:30, at which point the sun had broken through creating perfect conditions for a raptor watch. An impressive “kettle” of 14 Common Buzzard and 2 Sparrowhawk were the only notables. There was also c50 loafing Hirundines over the headland and a single Swift.