16.9.19 Pied Flycatcher

Rather overcast with a light W wind. I covered most sites including a mid afternoon visit to the Birling and Cornish Farm areas.

Huge numbers of House Martin again today.

A very quiet day compared to yesterday. Although House Martin numbers were perhaps 2 or 3 times higher than the previous morning, I have a hunch birds maybe roosting on the cliffs and this is a result of a cumulative build up over several days. I’d say 5000+ would be a reasonable estimate.

House Martin passage.

In the bushes, the only bird of interest was shy Pied Flycatcher which appeared in the old trapping area mid morning. c10 Chiffchaff were seen along with c5 Common Whitethroat, 1 Hobby, 5 Common Buzzard, 2 Goldcrest.


Pied Flycatcher in the old trapping area.


Pied Flycatcher.


A moth eaten, moulting Common Buzzard over Cornish Farm.


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