Monday, 18 September 2017

18th September 2017

Apart from Chiffchaff numbers (77) and a fresh arrival of Goldcrests (52), there was limited evidence of migration today. Only 14 Blackcaps could be found along with a single Garden Warbler and Whitethroat. A single Firecrest was in the Paddock and two Wheatears in the Big Field. Overhead there was a single Tree Sparrow and Grey Wagtail. Richard and I spent some time looking for yesterday's Yellow-browed Warbler to no avail. Richard later had a Hobby over the Golf Course and a couple of Lesser Whitethroats.

In the evening hirundines were feeding all the way from Kingsdown to St.Margaret's over the golf course and inland. It is always difficult to estimate the numbers, but it was somewhere along the lines of 10 000 birds, the majority House Martins.

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