Saturday, 9 September 2017

9th September 2017

This morning Phil and I arrived to find warblers calling from every bush and by the time we had finished at lunchtime we had recorded 631 warblers. There were 429 Blackcaps, one Garden Warbler, 25 Lesser Whitethroats, six Whitethroats, one Grasshopper Warbler, 163 Chiffchaffs and six Willow Warblers. Other notable birds were five Wheatears, one Whinchat, eight Goldcrests, a Short-eared Owl, seven Spotted Flycatchers and a Nightingale.

Overhead we had 88 Meadow Pipits, three Rock Pipits, single Grey and Yellow Wagtails, three Tree Sparrows and 15 Buzzards all moving W. Also overhead there were 4500 Swallows, 2500 House Martins and eight Swifts feeding along the cliff-top and across the fields whilst being harassed by two Hobbys.

Spotted Flycatcher (Richard Heading)

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