Friday, 23 August 2019

23rd August

Clearly there had been a small arrival of Lesser Whitethroats which seemed to be everywhere and at least 31 were counted. Other than that it was quite with 29 Whitethroats, nine Blackcaps, 4 Willow Warblers and a single Chiffchaff. Overhead there was a single Yellow Wagtail.


Thursday, 22 August 2019

22nd August

Today there were six Lesser Whitethroats, 18 Whitethroats, seven Blackcaps, one Chiffchaff and five Willow Warblers. The Redstart was still in the Paddock and a Spotted Flycatcher arrived in the Wood.

21st August

A few more warblers today with five Reed Warblers, six Lesser Whitethroats, 13 Whitethroats, six Blackcaps and four Willow Warblers. Also had a Redstart in the Paddock, a Little Owl called from the Empty Wood and two Ravens patrolled the clifftop.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

20th August

Very few birds of note today apart from four Wheatears, two Whinchats (one an adult male), three Reed Warblers, five Lesser Whitethroats, six Whitethroats, two Chffchaffs and three Willow Warblers. In the big field a flock of c.180 Linnets has built up in the last few days.
Phil, Jack

Monday, 19 August 2019

19th August

A real struggle today with a reduction in the numbers of warblers present. I managed to cover the Paddock, Gun Emplacement, Farm Wood and Freedown but could only muster six Willow Warblers, 18 Whitethroats, four Lesser Whitethroats five Blackcaps and a single Chiffchaff.

Sunday, 18 August 2019

18th August

After overnight rain there were more migrants today with a Tree Pipit, 12 Wheatears, a Whinchat and two Common Redstarts. Eight species of warbler were recorded with two Sedge Warblers, two Reed Warblers, 17 Lesser Whitethroats, 48 Whitethroats, two Garden Warblers, six Blackcaps, 36 Willow Warblers and a Chiffchaff. Also of note were 17 Mediterranean Gulls in the fields.
Brendan, John C, Phil, Richard, Jack

Saturday, 17 August 2019

17th August

A few migrants today with five Wheatears, one Redstart, three Reed Warblers, seven Lesser Whitethroats, 14 Whitethroats, two Blackcaps, one Chiffchaff and eight Willow Warblers. Also a trickle overhead of 26 Swallows, 34 Sand Martins W and 49 Mediterranean Gulls in the Fields.

Thursday, 15 August 2019

15th August

Fairly quiet this morning with less warblers than late. Nine Willow Warblers, 23 Whitethroats, two Blackcaps, seven Lesser Whitethroats and two Reed Warblers. Overhead 13 Swifts and two Sand Martins passed through. Highlight of the morning was a Redstart in the Freedown, probably different from Phil's bird in the Gun Emplacement two days earlier.

Jack and Phil were out later and added two Grasshopper Warblers, a Hobby, a Whinchat and two Wheatears. and a Greenshank.

Redstart- Freedown

Reed Warbler -Hope Point

Lesser Whitethroat - Hope Point 

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

13th and 14th August 2019

14th August
An early dog walk before the rain clamped down yielded a Quail by the 9th Tee on the Golf Course. The bird was heard for 10 minutes from 05.50 and appeared to be in the field adjacent to the Golf Course. Unfortunately it was never seen and there was no further sign before I had to head home 20 minutes later.

Later on Phil and Jack had three Reed Warblers, seven Lesser Whitethroats, 32 Whitethroats and 25 Willow Warblers. Also in the area were singles of Turnstone, Golden Plover and Raven.
Number of Yellowhammers seem to increase daily and we counted 28.

13th August
Phil had a walk around the area and had reasonable numbers of Warblers  most notable being singles of Grasshopper Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, Blackcap, 10 Lesser Whitethroats, 35 Whitethroats, two Chiffchaffs and four Willow Warblers. Other migrants were a Tree Pipit, a Common Redstart, a Whinchat and two Wheatears.

Monday, 12 August 2019

12th August

A small arrival of Willow Warblers was evident this morning with 32 counted, mostly around the Paddock. 2 Reed Warblers were enticed out from cover at Hope Point. Other warbler numbers included 24 Whitethroats, nine Lesser Whitethroats, nine Blackcaps plus a single Chiffchaff.

Overhead 19 Swifts flew down channel over the sea and Greenshank and Green Sandpiper were heard but not seen. Three Yellow Wagtails and a Tree Pipit went SW.

The Whinchat was still along the clifftop along with four Wheatears


Whinchat on clifftop. Present for 8th day, assuming that it is the same bird

Wheatears increased to four on the clifftop 

Yellowhammers seem to be everywhere this autumn

Friday, 9 August 2019

9th August

A three hour seawatch this morning provided us with an interesting assortment of birds moving down Channel. We had 73 Gannets, a Shag, 35 Common Scoter, a Teal, seven Shelduck, three Dunlin, seven Whimbrel, two Curlew, 21 Knot and five Oystercatchers. Also 26 Kittiwakes and 18 Mediterranean Gulls of different ages flew W with 45 Commic Terns and four Black Terns. There were two Arctic Skuas in the area and up to three Harbour Porpoises feeding offshore.
Phil, Brendan, Jack

Thursday, 8 August 2019

8th August

Warblers today were represented by 27 Willow Warblers,  35 Whitethroat, three Lesser Whitethroats, three Blackcaps and a single Reed Warbler. The Whinchat and two Wheatears remained along the clifftop. 110 Swifts were feeding over the golf course mid morning and a single Yellow Wagtail and three Sand Martins went over.
Phil, Brendan and Jack



Willow Warbler 

7th August 2019

Next to nothing today only 22 Sand Martins, 15 Swifts, two Wheatears and one Whinchat.