Light SW wind clear to begin with.
A small arrival of Willow Warbler with aprroximately 20+ between Belle Tout and Shooters Bottom, nice to hear their song coming from the wood as I approached. A small number in comparison to a decent fall but still better than any morning last spring, the first of spring House Martin passed through north along 3 Swallow, the first Whitethroat were also seen (RB) Yesterday saw a singing Black Redstart at the pub, another at Belle Tout and the first Tree Pipit passed over.
Willow Warbler feeding on the ground in spring is something they don’t do here in autumn. I assume the early spring Hawthorn and Blackthorn, with their lack of leaves, offer little for newly arrived migrants to feed amongst.
I went on to West Rise in the afternoon where 10 Wheatear were behind the cow shed field.