Quiet on the land 5.4.19

Working the bushes has been dismal the last few days, a couple of commitments have curtailed available time too.


Kestrel at Belle Tout.

The only migrants I have seen are low daily numbers of Chiffchaff (today’s total of 1!) the odd Willow Warbler and Blackcap. John F. Cooper has been compiling seawatching totals, which during the last 24hrs of SE winds, have been rather productive. They can be seen here.


Meadow Pipit Birling.



Part of a c70 strong flock in the set aside field photographed on the 3rd. There were also paired up birds collecting nest material on the headland today. I can’t imagine this huge social flock contain birds that are also holding territory in the gorse. So it’s interesting to speculate as to whats going on.

A dusk visit to West Rise in the 5th produced a single Common Tern hawking over the lake and c10 Sand Martin flew through shortly before sunset.


Common Tern West Rise.


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