Saturday, 8 September 2018

8th September 2018

A Marsh Harrier flew out to sea shortly after dawn raising false hopes of an eventful morning. Again there was a passage of hirundines in the first couple of hours after dawn but this time heading south with around 650 Swallows and 450 House Martins. Other overhead passage included 4 Grey Wagtails, 40 Meadow Pipits and a single Reed Bunting. Warbler numbers were down with 17 Chiffchaffs, nine Lesser Whitethroats, four Whitethroats and a single Blackcap. There were no chats although just outside the area there were five Whinchats and six Wheatears along Reach Road.

Highlight of the morning was three Short-eared Owls in the air together at Hope Point

Brendan & John Cantelo

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