Another bright and very warm day with a light east wind.
JP and I visited radio mast, pub, old trapping area, strip between there and Shooters, Shooters Bottom, Birling Lane, Went Hill and Michel Dean
Sunrise over Beachy Head.
Most of yesterdays Pied Flycatcher seemed to have departed overnight as we only encountered one in the pub garden. There was an overhead passage of Yellow Wagtail and Tree Pipit from dawn, mostly going NW. Amongst them, two Grey Wagtail. A modest, eastward Hirundine passage continued until I left the site at 14.00hrs, mostly of Swallow (c500) with the occasional small flock of Yellow Wagtail mixed in. 2 Swift were also seen. A raptor watch from late morning until 14.00hrs yield nothing but c6 local Common Buzzard the only variety brought by the late appearance of a juvenile Marsh Harrier which meandered over Bullock Down. It’s one of the few periods of the year when Skylark are virtually silent and unobtrusive, although we did kick 4 raggedy looking birds from long grass yesterday. Their song is usually a continuous soundtrack to the downs.
Totals for us; 8 Common Buzzard, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, 1 Marsh Harrier, 28 Willow Warbler, 58 Common Whitethroat, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Garden Warbler, 20 Blackcap, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Grasshopper Warbler, c110 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtail, 11 Tree Pipit, 15 Wheatear, 4 Whinchat, 10 Common Redstart, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 6 Robin.