8.4.19 Some long overdue migrants!

A calm night and dawn with an almost imperceptible wind, coupled with an increasing amount of mist and low cloud towards dawn led to the best morning of the spring so far. Most sites covered today from 07.00hrs to 16.00hrs with Jamie.


Willow Warblers along fence lines, one of my favourite sights of spring at Beachy Head.


Willow Warblers, great variation amongst the birds this morning with many grey/desaturated individuals amongst more familiar yellow toned birds. Certainly something I have noted before here in spring.

I had thought the previous night was too misty too soon to produce birds but upon arrival this morning it was clear there had been a decent fall of birds overnight, which had been long over due since the last decent “fall” on the 20th March. Along with good numbers of Willow Warblers it also included a number of seasonal firsts and a few winter thrushes (a few Redwing had been noted moving the night before) Totals included; 81 Willow Warbler, 13 Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat, 16 Blackcap, 4 Common Redstart, 3 Wheatear, 4 Black Redstart, 4 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 3 Ring Ouzel,  at least 5 obvious migrant Song Thrush which departed high north with one of the Ouzel, 20 Robin, 1 Brambling, 1 White Wagtail, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Firecrest, 4 Goldcrest, 1 Merlin, and a Greenshank over calling from the murk. 10 Swallow in.


Ring Ouzel in the top bushes (photo. JP)


Common Redstart also around the top bushes. By “top bushes” I’m referring to patches of cover from the pub carpark east to the old trapping area.


White Wagtail over Hodcombe.


Wheatear on the lighthouse wall.


Black Redstart at Cow Gap.


Merlin on went hill.



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