23.8.19 Trio of Honey Buzzard.

A still morning, bright & warm with a light easterly by midday.

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Highlight of the day was undoubtedly 3 Honey Buzzard over the headland twice at 12:15 and 13:40. Upon reviewing the images it was clear the two birds seen at 12:15 returned at 13:40 accompanied by a striking pale individual. The birds then drifted north again rather than departing out into the channel.

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Passerines weren’t too numerous with concentrations again at Warren Hill. All sites visited on the Headland  with JP from the radio mast to Birling Gap. Combined totals below.

Honey Buzzard 3 adults, c20 Common Buzzard, 1 Hobby, 3 Sparrowhawk, c60 Common Whitethroat, 10 Lesser Whitethroat, 25 Blackcap, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 45 Willow Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher 6+ Spotted Flycatcher, 10 Common Redstart, 12 Robin, 6 Whinchat, 1 Wheatear, c50 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit.

Hirundines numbered into the many 1000’s by mid afternoon with House Martin well represented for the first time this autumn. Although there appeared to be no continuous movement, the birds massed in number over the headland. JP also had an albino Swallow which I was unable to get on! Several 100 Swift were also seen.

At 20.47 a Nightjar appeared 3 times, hawking along the hedgerows near the pub.

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