29.03.21 Earliest ever Redstart.

Still a strong south westerly blowing at first, waining and switching light SE by dusk, mainly fine.

It wasn’t overflowing with migrants but there were some new names on the menu this morning. Liz Charlwood heard a Cuckoo calling from Shooters Bottom and Keith Hackett found an early Redstart near the pub. It’s the earliest one I’ve ever seen in the UK. A modest supporting cast in the form of 2 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Firecrest, a Red Kite west and 3 Swallows arriving in off the channel. A quick afternoon visit to West Rise were another 3 Swallow and 3 Wheatear were seen plus a singing Willow Warbler in the willows near the entrance gate.


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