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06:15-11:15. Beautiful still morning, some thin cloud cover.

Great Spotted Woodpecker, Yellow Wagtail, 3 Grey Wagtail, Wheatear, 9 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest and Spotted Flycatcher. Around 08:30 good numbers of hirundines arrived rapidly from the north flying above the ridge and adjacent fields. I estimated around 3000 with a fairly even Swallow/ House Martin mix.( no big deal here where awesome numbers can go through on some autumn days ) At 09:30 I was walking east from Mattiscombe towards the ridge when I noticed in the distance lots of hirundines flying around the lighthouse. I went down there and hundreds of House Martins ( no Swallows ) were flying around and landing on the light. It was an awesome sight. I reckon they were gathering to go and sensed something in the weather not right for them. At 10:30 a Peregrine flew through and they dispersed inland and did not return. I have uploaded a short clip on to you tube,  privilege to be in the right place , right time to witness bird migration in action like this.


Posted September 19th, 2016 at 8:39 pm by Perry Sanders in Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts