Sunday, 17 September 2017

17th September 2017

Very calm conditions today, early fog and a chilly start to the day. Phil, Abi, Heather, Nigel and I were out from 08.00 to 12.00 concentrating on the Oldstairs and Granville Road end of Kingsdown. The first Yellow-browed Warbler of the Autumn was calling at the beach end of Oldstairs Road mid morning. Of course none of us managed to see it! Birds appeared to be in a couple of tight, mixed flocks and numbered 70 Chiffchaffs, 25 Blackcaps, eight Long-tailed Tits, 12 Goldcrests and a flyover Shelduck. Hirundines were still in good numbers, 300 House Martins and 200 Swallows.

In the evening I had another walk round the same area and the only birds were by the golf course along Granville Road. 20 Chiffchaffs, 15 Blackcaps and a couple of Siskins overhead.

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