4.11.19 Clear out

A still morning, occasional light showers broken cloud.

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Looking east from Belle Tout Wood.

A departure of yesterdays Goldcrest and Firecrest with only 3 and 1 respectively! A single Chiffchaff was at Birling Gap and the blythi Lesser Whitethroat was still around the cottages there feeding amongst the mallow. It’s quite apparent the birds preference for feeding near to, or on the ground in relatively open cover.

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Assumed “blythi” Lesser Whitethroat taken on the 29.10.19. It’s now been present for over a week and is part of a notable influx this autumn, mainly to the north and north eastern regions of the UK.

Yesterday the 3rd November, Jamie Partridge and I were surprised how lively the place was considering the absolute battering it received the previous day. Our totals for the headland (excluding the hollow) included 2 Dartford Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, c55 Goldcrest, 18 Firecrest, 6/7 Black Redstart. A Woodlark passed over west midmorning & 4 Red breasted Merganser flew low over Birling Lane first thing.

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