Of late, the weather has been dominated by a strong SW airflow, which is never great here. However it was relatively still overnight with a light SE wind at dawn. Regrettably a strong SW wind was back in control by late morning. JP & I visited radio mast, old trapping area, Shooters Bottom, Belle Tout, Cornish Farm, Birling and Friston.
Although Beachy Head is the best site in the county for Wryneck, this individual is this first to be seen here since September 2017!
There was a modest amount of migrants around this morning although the highlight was finally catching up with the Wryneck found by JFC on Wednesday, which has been incredibly elusive. Overhead passage had died by midmorning and there was little in the way of hirundine movement. Raptors too were disappointing although I’ve found a strong SW wind isn’t good for them here. Small numbers of hirundines headed out to sea whilst a decent movement of several hundred large gulls moved west along the cliffs. Yellow Wagtail numbers remain high, mostly feeding amongst the cattle with small numbers overhead.
Yellow Wagtails at Hodcomb.
Notables as follows; 2 Little Egret, 2 Hobby, 3 Sparrowhawk, 1 Yellow legged Gull, 1 Golden Plover west, 200 Swallow, 50 Sand Martin, c80 Yellow Wagtail, 10 Grey Wagtail over, 4 Pied Wagtail, 5 Tree Pipit, 8 Whinchat, 15 Wheatear, 1 Redstart, 3 Robin, 120 Starling, c30 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, c35 Common Whitethroat, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Sedge Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, c10 Willow Warbler, 1 Wryneck.
The male Kestrel which frequents the Belle Tout and Cornish Farm area. Currently looking a bit worse for wear as it completes a moult.
1st winter Yellow legged Gull passing over head. JP had picked it up feeding amongst the gulls behind Hodcomb, shortly before they all flushed.
Willow Warbler along the cliff edge. Numbers now dwindling into the last days of August.