Friday, 7 September 2018

7th September 2018

Another good northward passage of hirundines in the first couple of hours after dawn, with House Martins (largely absent from yesterday's movement) dominating. A probably widely accurate count/estimate suggested 2,500 House Martins and 1,700 Swallows but it could easily have been double that total. All were going generally north. Much less Meadow Pipits moving today (35), reflecting the change of wind direction to WNW.  Two Grey and four Yellow Wagtails went over as did the first Reed Bunting of the autumn.

Chiffchaffs were more evident with 21 counted plus a further eight from Richard at Otty Bottom. Other Warblers included 21 Lesser Whitethroats, 10 Whitethroats, eight Blackcaps and single Grasshopper, Garden and Reed and Willow Warblers.

On the chat front there were three Redstarts, two Whinchats and a single Wheatear.

Yesterday's Short-eared Owl was relocated at Hope Point.


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