07.04.21 Cold migrants

A cold & bitting NW wind this morning and a continuing dearth of migrants upon Beachy Head. A ground frost along with frozen water in the cattle troughs.

The sum total of todays migrants was a single Chiffchaff between Birling, Belle Tout and Shooters! Incredible given the date, even the drip of inbound Swallow seems to have slowed to zero. Linnets are now plentiful and along with much smaller numbers of Goldfinch and Chaffinch make up most of the visible passerine activity. A female type Black Redstart and Willow Warbler at Belle Tout on the 4th April constituted the only notable recent sightings!

Thankfully West Rise is close at hand which at least gives the bird seeker something to point the bino’s at! Today a mixed hirundine flock of about 45 birds, single Water Pipit and 3 White Wagtail were the only notables for me.


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