20.4.19 Spoonbill and Whinchats

The last 48hrs have been glorious, cloudless skies backed with a stiff NE or NNE wind, despite the crystal clear conditions there were migrants to enjoy on land. The sea was pretty much neglected by us. Jamie and I attempted to cover as much of the headland as possible with Harry Witts joining us on the 20th. A big highlight of the last 2 days has been encountering 7 beautiful male Whinchat, a species I see little of in spring.

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Whinchat at Crowlink.

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Yellow Wagtail entering UK airspace over Crowlink. (photo. JP)

Birds of note on the 19th included 18 Willow Warbler, 12 Common Whitethroat, 2 Whinchat, 2 Redstart, (all encounters of those two species late afternoon suggesting a late arrival of birds?) A late Fieldfare in Belle Tout Wood and most notable being a Spoonbill passing east, out to sea at Cow Gap during the early afternoon.

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The first Hobby of the year over Belle Tout.

The 20th produced more new arrivals despite the clear conditions. c12 Willow Warblers, c25 Common Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Tree Pipit, 5 Yellow Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 10 Wheatear (including the first females I’ve seen this spring), 5 Whinchat, 1 Hobby, a single Red Kite bearing a wing tag, all three hirundines were seen arriving in off the sea, c20 Swallow, c8 House Martin and c6 Sand Martin.

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Female Wheatear, Crowlink.

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Wing tagged Red Kite. I eagerly await details of this bird as there is much speculation as to where coastal Red Kites come from. I firmly believe they’re British birds… will I be eating humble pie?!

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Red Kite

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Spoonbill.

Beachy Head’s 9th record way, way out at sea from Cow Gap (photo.JP)

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