Although the overall trend has been for SW winds, at times gale force, the night had fallen still and the morning was bright with a light to moderate WNW wind. There was a fierce SW blowing again by lunchtime.
I visited the radio mast, pub, old trapping area and shooters bottom.
I hadn’t visited since the 4th due to dire forecasts and low expectations. There was definitely more activity this morning, with Meadow Pipit on the move and both Swallow and House Martin moving into the west wind first thing.
A few more birds then of late, best of the bunch were; 1 Wryneck still in Shooters Bottom, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 6 Wheatear, 5 Robin, 40+ Meadow Pipit (first morning they seemed to be moving into the wind), c25 Yellow Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Tree Pipit, 10 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 25 Whitethroat, 20 Blackcap, c150 mixed hirundines, 3 Kestrel.
Common Redstart in the old trapping area.
Spotted Flycatcher in Shooters.
Hirundines sunning themselves on the morning of the 2nd.