Foggy start, rapid clearing. Light northerly turning SW by afternoon.

A very good morning for numbers, mostly seemed centred around Birling. Personal totals 55+ Willow Warbler, 80+ Common Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 20 Blackcap, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler, 2 Wheatear, 6 Whinchat, 6 Common Redstart, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 40+ Yellow Wagtail, 2 Tree Pipit, AB had two Spoonbill circle the pub at 08.40 and 2 Pied Flycatcher along the edge of the hollow. Several 100 Swallow, Sand Martin and House Martin were seen along with 5 Swift.

At 12.20hrs Simon Linington called to say a Honey Buzzard had just gone east over the headland which I luckily saw circling over the garden in Eastbourne. I joined him during lunch where at least two more Honey Buzzard were seen distantly to the NE. I suspect the SW wind was pushing birds east of the headland. More unexpectedly was a dark Arctic Skua found circling high inland which eventually drifted towards us and out to sea. Thanks to Simon for the calls.


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