A short raptor watch in moderate SSW winds and mostly clear skies didn’t even produce a White Stork today. A small number of Swallow tracked south and about 7 local Common Buzzard were seen loafing about the landscape.

I’ve been out and about this week mostly in the mornings but been very slack on blog up keep. Several afternoon raptor watches have yielded little beyond White Storks on the 5th and 11th September. Probably my best morning last week was the 11th were Birling Gap was busy; c2500 House Martin, 1 late Swift, 2 Tree Pipit, c 40 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, c30 Common Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, my first Firecrest of the autumn along Birling Lane, a single Redpoll and many Siskin heard passing overhead. The best passerine of the week was a Wryneck seen by TC near the pub on the 12th.


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