06.09.21 Heat and late Swifts

A light east wind, quite intense heat building by mid morning.

Looking west.

The NE winds have abated and now a warmer continental airflow is in play. It did bring about some changes, activity died somewhat by midmorning. Al Redman and I covered the area from the pub to Birling Gap, total’s included; 6 Common Redstart, 5 Wheatear, 6 Whinchat, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, first Firecrest of the autumn, c5 Chiffchaff, c28 Willow Warbler, c20 Common Whitethroat, c10 Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Tree Pipit, c15 Meadow Pipit, 40+ Yellow Wagtail, Swallows, House Martin, and Sand Martin c2500 mostly loafing high over the headland, along with them a minimum of 3 Swift. A mundane and overlooked bird perhaps but I notice Dunnock doing interesting things this time of year, about c10 birds seen some of which flying over.

Tree Pipit doing what most do here, into infinity and beyond.

A couple of hours skywatching produced a Hobby, c6 Sparrowhawk and c10 Common Buzzard.

Female Common Redstart in early dawn light.
Spotted Flycatcher this evening at Belle Tout.


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