A clear bright start with a brisk & cool north wind.
Tree Pipit on Went Hill.
A little more interest in the bushes this morning, although my visit was confined to the Birling Gap & Went Hill area followed by a raptor watch from the old trapping area.
A fairly quiet morning with a Coal Tit heard from, then flying out of, the old trapping area the only potential bird of interest. It constitutes my 4th on the headland in 5 years, two were continental birds the others seen all to briefly to assign to a specific race. Several mobile flocks of Blue Tit seen as well as Long tailed Tit moving through the old trapping area. 2 late Swift were notable picks amongst the Swallow and House Martin. I also saw the Montagu’s Harrier* again at 16.50hrs, this time over the rough field at Belle Tout, again cycling without bins.
*It would appear my naked eye views of the Harrier was the initial sighting of Pallid Harrier.
Best of the bunch including raptor watch, single Cormorant high west, 4 Sparrowhawk, 3 Kestrel, c10 Common Buzzard (all loafing local birds) c2 Swift, 5 Alba Wagtail, 10 Yellow Wagtail, c25 Meadow Pipit, 3 Tree Pipit, a good 2000+ hirundines lingering with a higher number of Swallow in with the House Martin, c8 Robin, c20 Chiffchaff, c8 Willow Warbler, 1 Garden Warbler, c20 Blackcap, c15 Common Whitethroat, c35 Blue Tit, 4 Great Tit, 1 Coal Tit (not specified to race). 3 Long tailed Tit.
Blue Tit on the move today.