The day started with a light SW wind and and unpleasant drizzle which lasted until mid morning. It became sunny during the afternoon but the wind picked up.
A Ring Ouzel was by the monument first thing, relocating quickly to the Paddock before flying inland. A Tree Pipit also flew over the Paddock early morning.
Stonechats were arguably the species of the day with at least 19 being recorded including eight together along the side of the golf course where there were also four Black Redstarts and a single Wheatear. Although no winter thrushes were seen, there had been a small influx of Song Thrushes with at least 15 seen.
Around 93 Chiffchaffs were recorded and a Yellow-browed Warbler was found in the Empty Wood although it could not be relocated in the afternoon. The only other warblers were 18 Blackcaps and a single Lesser Whitethroat.
After the morning rain cleared some birds begun to move including 24 Skylarks, 115 Meadow Pipits, two Rock Pipits, five alba Wagtails, one Grey Wagtail, 14 Redpolls and 1,100 Swallows
Other birds of note included eight Grey Partridge, 10 Goldcrests, 38 Robins, three Reed Buntings and three Ravens.
50 species recorded
Late news from yesterday- Yellow-browed Warbler at Kingsdown as per Nigel
|Common Stonechat (BR)|