25.08.21 Tree Sparrow.

Another cloudless start with a continuation of a NE wind.

Plenty of birds at Birling Gap with 40+ Yellow Wagtail in the sheep field and at least 10 Whinchat along the fence lines along with 2 Wheatear.

Richard Butler had another Pied Flycatcher in the pub garden and a real Beachy Head rarity, a Tree Sparrow amongst a small flock of Goldfinch at the old trapping area. Unfortunately it didn’t linger. This and a bird seen by RHC in the spring, constitute the first since 2011. This modest little bird is quite the scarcity here now. According to Quinn and Clement 1972, A peak count of “2000 west on 13th Oct 1970” was recorded although it states “day counts of over 300 were rare”. It illustrates the catastrophic collapse this species has undergone since then.

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