Clear and bright 24.3.19

The first starry night in a while with clear conditions continuing towards dawn, hazy high cloud quickly burnt off giving way to a glorious day. Light NW wind.


Chiffchaff above Belle Tout Wood.

With perfect conditions for migration it was no surprise today was quiet on the land compared to some of the preceding days. Very little seen in the way of migrants.


Black Redstart above Birling Lane.

Best of the bunch migrant wise were 3 Chiffchaff, 1 Black Redstart, 14 Goldcrest and a single male Blackcap flew through Birling Gap carpark. Along with that were more ambiguous “migrants” in the form of a single Greenfinch (I find these very scarce locally) a Linnet, 15 Chaffinch, 12 Goldfinch, a single Long tailed Tit in Shooters, 6 Robin, 13 Blackbird. c30 Corn Bunting were flushed from the set aside field, a Grey Wagtail went over high east. 10 Stonechat at various locations many now on territory. The Merlin seen over recent days was again hunting over the set aside field at Birling Gap towards sunset.

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A very large high pressure gaining full control by Thursday. Although, as anyone who watches a coastal site will know, fine weather won’t the birds down. Hopefully some murk in the early hours or simply a light north wind would help drop the birds down. Certainly looks like they’ll be birds from the south in any case. It’s either a sun tan or a Hoopoe… and I been after the latter for some years now!


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