A dull overcast day throughout with a moderate NE wind.

The second August Bank Holiday in a row to be blighted by an unseasonably cool northerly airflow. Although todays uninspiring cloudy skies and cool winds did little to enthuse Jamie and I, there were still migrants in numbers if not particularly scarce ones. A lot of ground covered from the Beachy Head Pub to Crowlink. c130 Yellow Wagtails, 40+ Wheatear, c15 Whinchat, 6 Common Redstart, 6 Spotted Flycatcher, 10 Willow Warbler, 25 Common Whitethroat, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, c800 hirundines (mostly Swallow & House Martin, very few Sand Martin today), 2 Swift, 1 Hobby, 2 Sparrowhawk.

The day before had a similar suite of birds with the inclusion of a single Pied Flycatcher and a Merlin.

Despite a liberal sprinkling of Wryneck nationally we were unable to discover one here at Beachy Head. Day 8 of these unhelpful NE winds and counting… that said they haven’t been as unproductive as I feared.


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