24.8.19 Ortolan Bunting & Honey Buzzards

Another bright, warm day with a light easterly breeze. We visited Warren Hill, the Radio mast down to Shooters Bottom, Belle Tout, Cornish Farm and Went Hill  with a wander to Bullock Down for good measure.


One of todays many Pied Flycatcher.

A day of new arrivals and departures with a bumper count of Pied Flycatcher and migrating raptors, although hirundine numbers were down greatly on yesterday, as were Swift with only 20 seen. The 3 Honey Buzzard from yesterday gave an encore at 10.20hrs and were followed by a lone bird at 11.40hrs. Sandwiched in-between that was a distant, fish carrying Osprey at 11.19hrs flying over Seven Sisters towards Birling, viewed from Went Hill.

The undisputed highlight of another bird filled day was the discovery of an Ortolan Bunting by Kris Gillam. Found above the Hollow at 07.15hrs. Jamie and I just managed to see the bird, mostly in silhouette whilst it called constantly. The bird then took flight towards the pub and regrettably not seen again. Incidentally the same date as one last year.


The “new” Honey Buzzard today, a male and clearly different from yesterday’s birds.

Highlights included 4 Honey Buzzard, 1 Osprey, c10 Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Hobby, 3 Kestrel, 6 Grey Heron west in one group, 23 Wheatear, 15 Whinchat, 5 Redstart, 10 Pied Flycatcher, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 10 Robin, c30 Willow Warbler, c65 Whitethroat, 10 Lesser Whitethroat, 25 Blackcap, 1 Grasshopper Warbler,  c70 Yellow Wagtail, 15 Tree Pipit, 1 Ortolan Bunting.

A Short eared Owl and possibly another Osprey (or same) were seen by others.


Whinchat Cornish Farm track.


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