30.10.19 High hopes…

A continuation of east winds and overcast conditions. Although the wind is from a productive direction its strength hampers efforts to find birds on such an exposed headland. I concentrated on Birling, Belle Tout and the old trapping area. No sign of the “blythi” type Lesser Whitethroat.


Black Redstart at Birling.

Despite the east wind continuing to build a sense of optimism there is little to repay efforts made. The are signs of migration but in the absence of even a consolatory Yellow browed Warbler, I’m left feeling short changed.

For my efforts I saw 3 Black Redstart (including a very smart male) at Birling Gap, c20 Goldcrest, 2 Firecrest, and 5 Chiffchaff were shared between Birling Lane and Belle Tout wood. Overhead 2 Lapwing came in off the sea heading NE whilst c250 Goldfinch, 30 Linnet, 3 Redpoll went east.



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