SL also covered the Birling, Belle Tout and Shooters Bottom areas and joined us at the raptor watch.
A fall of night migrants which included a couple of interesting plumage Willow Warblers with one probably of a northern race possibly acredula. Also a Wryneck in Shooters Bottom which was probably a different bird to the one seen a week ago and 2 Pied Flycatchers. Diurnal passage included Yellow Wagtails, small numbers of hirundines, 4 Tree Pipits with an Osprey S out to sea at mid-day, with a second bird S out to sea at 13.15. also a juvenile Marsh Harrier for 20 minutes over the top fields before heading SE.
Combined totals from ourselves, LP and SL:
Marsh Harrier 1 pale headed juvenile over the top fields and then departed SE
Common Buzzard 7
Osprey 2 - 1 S went out to sea at mid-day (SL JFC DRC et al) and a second S out to at 13.15 (SL et al).
Wryneck 1 Shooters Bottom
Sand Martin 50 E
Swallow c200 E
Tree Pipit 4
Yellow Wagtail 52
Common Redstart 6+
Song Thrush 2
Sedge Warbler 5
Reed Warbler 5
Lesser Whitethroat 3
Common Whitethroat c50
Willow Warbler 60 (1 possible acredula race)
Spotted Flycatcher 1
Pied Flycatcher 2 Old Trapping Area
After 90 minutes after sun-rise the sun disappeared into the mist
Six Sedge Warblers were seen on the headland
Also 6 Reed Warblers were on the Headland
Female Blackcap in Shooters Bottom
A grey and white looking adult Willow Warbler
A larger whiter colder looking Willow Warbler showing less yellow
than the previous bird probably of a Northern race possibly acredula
Male Redstart-at least 6 seen today
Wryneck in Shooters Bottom
Osprey flew S out to sea at mid-day
Juvenile Marsh Harrier over the top fields.
Pair of mating Migrant Hawkers on Icky Ridge
Clouded Yellow type for RKH