Wednesday, 20 September 2017

20th September 2017

Jack and I walked the cliff top from the Monument to Hope Point in a light SW. Hirundines were still feeding and slowly moving through, not quite like yesterday, but nevertheless pretty impressive. Most interesting of all were the 400 Sand Martins, which together with 4 000 Swallows, 2 000 House Martins and a Swift made for a fabulous aerial spectacle.

In the top field were 500 Meadow Pipits, four Yellow Wagtails, two Wheatears and two Stonechats close by. Along the cliff top there was not much at all, most birds concentrated in Hope Point. 27 Chiffchaffs, 18 Blackcaps, a Bullfinch, 12 Goldfinches, two Yellowhammers, a Sparrowhawk, two Ravens and the ever present Short-eared Owl was flushed yet again.

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