7.7.20 Willow Warbler start moving

After 7 days of relentless SW winds the previous evening and this morning were calm and bright.

Looking west from Shooters towards Birling Gap.

There were signs of movement today with my first south bound Willow Warbler of the summer (RHC had two birds last week – really quite early movements), and a single Sand Martin. Although highlight of the day was a very restless and flighty male Serin (RHC) in Shooters Bottom. The Kestrel family (which I suspect breed at Cornish Farm) now have a mobile & noisy family, whilst a Nightingale croaking in Shooters yesterday was the only thing of note in the high winds.

Willow Warbler

The Willow Warblers seem to be reflecting the same very early movements shown here by the Nightingales in late June. I wonder if other migrants will follow suit.

male Serin

A nice bright adult male, unfortunately it remained quite shy and mobile.


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