29.7.20 An early Pied Flycatcher

Recent strong winds abated overnight, the day dawned clear and bright with almost no detectable wind.

Looking west along the cliffs from near the pub.

Pied Flycatcher on the eastern edge of Belle Tout Wood.

Last night brought text book conditions to facilitate a movement of birds. At this time of year, fine weather (especially proceeded by poor) often brings birds to Beachy Head. From the get go the bushes around the pub and radio mast were lively. There were even Willow Warbler feeding on the cliff face. With no significant falls earlier in the year it made today the best day for numbers so far. It also brought the earliest Pied Flycatcher that I’ve seen here. Personal totals included 63 Willow Warbler, 40+ Common Whitethroat, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Reed Warbler, 4 Sedge Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 1 Common Redstart, 1 Nightingale, 3 Black Redstart (family party on the cliff face), 1 Garden Warbler, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 12 Sand Martin & 1 House Martin through the site, the first migrant raptor of the autumn in the shape of a smart juvenile Marsh Harrier. A 1cy Yellow-legged Gull flew west early on.

Marsh Harrier circling bullock down before heading east.

Yellow Wagtail in with the cattle along the Cornish Farm track, one also flew over calling.


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