21.08.22

A little bit of a round of what has been an eventful few days on the headland.

Above one of Alex Brookes’ Honey Buzzard from the 18th, quite a strikingly pale female.

The 16th saw a Dotterel (AR) pass north over the radio mast at 06.57. The 17th saw 18 Wheatear around the pub, Spotted Flycather and Common Redstart in Shooters Bottom. The 18th brought at least 3 Pied flycatcher between the pub and Shooters and later that day, 2 Honey Buzzard appeared over the headland (AB) both females, the paler being seen again on the 19th (JE). The 20th saw another Dotterel heard 5/6 times over the pub at 07.55 but try as I might I couldn’t locate the bugger above me, a later raptor watch produced 10 loafing Common Buzzard, 4 Kestrel, 3 Sparrowhawk and mostly pleasing, an adult male Hen Harrier which circled high over the headland moving off to the ENE at 12:30hrs. In general, warbler numbers have been as expected with Common Whitethroat numbers high, no bumper falls of Willow Warbler. The odd Whinchat here and there. Yellow Wagtail numbers building to 20+ on the 20th.

Wheatear in an ungainly pose
Common Whitethroat

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