15.9.19 House Martins and Montagu’s again.

A bright start with a light NW wind.

A day Indian Summers are made of, with a huge congregation of House Martin first thing and Matt Eade seeing the Montagu’s Harrier again, this time soaring above the pub at 10.40hrs. Time was limited this morning to the briefest of visits to radio mast, old trapping area and Birling.


Big numbers of House Martin today.

Best of todays bunch; 3 Sparrowhawk, 3 Buzzard, 2 Peregrine, 1 Wheatear, 2 Redstart, c40 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, c20 Common Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat. A large number of hirundine this morning, somewhere in the region of c3000 House Martin, vastly out numbering Swallow and Sand Martin, c15 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit, 2 Alba Wagtail.


Pleasing to see many juvenile amongst adults within the flock.




A couple of Wheatear from the 14th.



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