20.10.19 Quail!

Overcast, broken cloud with a moderate & chilly NE wind. I visited the radio mast, the pub, old trapping area, Belle Tout wood and Long Down via Cornish Farm.


Black Redstart at Cornish Farm.

My first visit since returning from St Agnes. The highlight came when I flushed a Quail from underfoot at Cornish Farm, it uttered a couple of very soft calls as it flew away west towards the set aside field. At Long Down I encountered an interesting “blythi” Lesser Whitethroat. It appeared to show characteristics of the eastern forms, which are loosely group as “eastern” types. Unfortunately I didn’t have long with it before it disappeared.


 “Blythi” Lesser Whitethroat.

There was significant overhead passage of Stock Dove and Wood Pigeon probably reaching the low 1000’s, I made no specific counts although Goldfinch, Linnet, Brambling, Siskin, Reed BuntingMeadow Pipit, Alba Wagtail, Skylark all passing over head mostly east. A small number of House Martin and at least 2 Swallow were feeding below the cliff edge at Shooters Bottom. In the bushes Great Tit, Blue Tit and Long tailed Tit all noted along with c10 Chiffchaff, 1 Blackcap, c40 Goldcrest, c6 Ring Ouzel, 4 Song Thrush, c12 Stonechat, 1 Black Redstart.


Ring Ouzel near the pub.


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