Wednesday, 30 September 2020

30th September

 A light SW wind and overcast conditions produced a good overhead passage in the first couple of hours of the day with 6,200 Barn Swallows, 990 House Martins, three Sand Martins, two Swifts, 28 Skylarks, 118 Meadow Pipits, 18 Pied/White Wagtails, 187 Linnets, 65 Redpolls, eight Crossbills, 160 Siskins, three Yellowhammers and seven Reed Buntings. The movement bizarrely included a group of nine ravens going south just after dawn. The wind became more southerly and strengthened and the passage ended abruptly apart from a steady small stream of hirundines during the rest of the morning.

On the ground it was hard work with 56 Chiffchaffs, 10 Blackcaps, two Goldcrests, one Firecrest, 10 Stonechats, one Whinchat, two Wheatears and a Short-eared Owl over Hope Point.

Richard had a Redstart in his garden at Kingsdown

Short-eared Owl- Hope Point (BR)

Northern Wheatear (BR)

Ravens over the Monument (BR)

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