24.4.19 Great forecast poor showing

A very encouraging forecast of SE winds and light rain failed to produce anything pleasing on land or at sea. Very disappointing. The light SE winds gave way to strong SW conditions with rain by early afternoon. It really does feel like a poor spring on land so far. The only points of interest for me being a Short-eared Owl early on and hearing my first Nightingale on Beachy Head in years, a common enough autumn migrant but a species I do not encounter in spring.

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JP on the steep slopes of Cow Gap.

Jamie and I visited sites from the Hollow to Birling, briefly joining the seawatchers mid morning. Combined totals for land obs. as follows; c30 Common Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Willow Warbler in shooters, 3 Chiffchaff,  1 Yellow Wagtail (one in off the sea), 1 Nightingale in song in the Hollow (discovered by R.E. y’day) 1 Common Redstart above the Hollow, 1 Short-eared Owl flushed from the roadside near the pub, almost certainly a different bird from last weeks two, with 6 days in-between sightings and the massive disturbance over Easter.

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