29.10.19 Hen Harrier

Overcast, moderate and strengthening east wind. I only visited Birling Gap, Belle Tout and the old trapping area.

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Under exposed quick fire shots of this morning’s Hen Harrier. Which I believe makes Beachy Head the first location in Sussex to hold Hen, Montagu’s & Pallid Harrier all in one autumn. It’s only the second Hen Harrier I’ve seen here & my first since 2015.

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Hen Harrier over Belle Tout at c08.45hrs. It was later seen heading out to sea near the pub by Richard Butler.

I’m unsure why but it felt good this morning, regrettable I only had a few hours apart from c20 Goldcrest and 4 Chiffchaff most of the interest was over the site with everything heading east. 1 Lapwing, c1000 Woodpigeon, c40 Fieldfare, c4 Mistle Thrush, c25 Meadow Pipit, c30 Skylark, c100 Goldfinch, c10 Siskin, 1 Redpoll, 3 Brambling, c20 Chaffinch, 1 Reed Bunting, 25 House Martin, 4 Swallow. 

 

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