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.

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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.

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 “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.

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Ring Ouzel near the pub.

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