05.09.21 Honey Buzzard III

Another morning (and thankfully last in the forecast) of strong NE wind, slightly murky at dawn but soon clearing, warming up with a lingering haze.

Headline bird today was a smart pale Honey Buzzard trying sneak past my vantage point on the headland at 11.40am. It headed north lost in the haze over Warren Hill. My third so far this autumn (following a very dark bird seen distantly yesterday)

I only worked the top of the headland to Shooters Bottom. It’s felt very much static in terms of migrants on the ground, as in similar totals over the last few days. Although the wagtails and hirundines are animating the skies above. Totals today; c30 Common Whitethroat, c10 Lesser Whitethroat, c10 Blackcap, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Wheatear, 3 Whinchat, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Tree Pipit, 150 Yellow Wagtail including a single flock of c60, 4 Grey Wagtail, a decent passage of hirundine (c2500) and amongst them a Swift. c5 Sparrowhawk.


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