Light east wind, low cloud and murky, still and humid overnight. I visited Birling Gap, Belle Tout, Old trapping area and Radio mast.
Firecrest in the Radio Mast bushes.
The one and only notable feature of the morning was a fall of Goldcrest with c70 seen, Belle Tout Wood was ringing to the sound of their calls. Along with them were 2/3 Firecrest. 2 Black Redstart near the pub and about c20 Song Thrush & c20 Redwing were notable. Very little passing over head although a few small groups of Goldfinch seen and a single Brambling.
Yesterday 23rd was dominated by a big flight of Goldfinch first thing with c1500 passing east whilst birding around the top bushes.
Personal counts from the 23rd below.
- 1500+ Goldfinch (mostly observed from just above OTA)
- 10 Greenfinch
- 150 Linnet
- 10 Siskin
- 3 Reed Bunting
- 150 Meadow Pipit
- 30 Alba Wag
- 1 Grey Wag
- 30 Skylark
- 8 Swallow
- 1 Black Redstart moving with Goldfinch dropped into bush tops briefly and moved on
On the ground:
- 5 Black Redstart (1 on radio mast, 2 Birling Lane, 2 Michel Dean)
- c30 Chiffchaff
- 4 Firecrest
- c40 Goldcrest
- 1 Ring Ouzel OTA