13th September 2018

A cool and bright start light NW breeze.

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Whinchat in Shooters.

A cold front had passed through overnight and brought a decent arrival of birds in it’s wake. I made 3 visits, first light, mid-afternoon and dusk. Most notable was the years second Turtle Dove in the hedgerow below the radio mast and the sheer number of hirundine (mostly Swallow and House Martin) over the headland mid afternoon, many thousands and I have no idea how to even estimate the number. It was possible to complete a 360 degree scan and have the view filled with birds at all altitudes. Quite remarkable. There was also a decent Pipit and Wagtail flight first thing with many hirundine feeding below the cliff tops & in with them a late Swift.

Other notables; a single Merlin, c10 Tree Pipit, c300 Meadow Pipit, c35 Yellow Wagtail, 4 Alba and 2 Grey Wagtail over, 2 Common Restart, 2 Wheatear, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Whinchat, c30 Whitethroat, c10 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, c20 Blackcap, 6 Reed Warbler, c35 Chiffchaff, 5 Willow Warbler, my first Reed Bunting of the autumn also passed overhead. 1 late Common Swift over Shooters first thing. Regarding Swallow, House Martin and Sand Martin I’m not even going to pick a number as it would be meaningless but it would be in the many 1000’s mid afternoon. There were also two large Grey Seal offshore.

 

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