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Saturday, 30 April 2016

Seaford Head & Castle Hill NNR 30/4/16

A bitterly cold start to the day but it very slowly warmed up. Following a very clear night it wasn't surprising that very few migrants were on the Head, and those that were present appeared to be mobile and no doubt soon departing north. My first Whinchats of the spring on the patch provided the highlight, one of which flew in front of the car on my way home and perched very close to the car giving superb views. Other then this and a couple of flyover migrants, that was about that.

Totals are:
Whinchat - 3
Wheatear - 3
Whitethroat - ca. 25
Willow Warbler - 1
Firecrest - 1
Yellow Wagtail - 1N
Swift - 2N
House Martin - 1W
Whimbrel - 6E

This afternoon I walked a blooming long way from the back of Peacehaven to the back of Woodingdean for the Early Spider Orchids. Also along the way were five Wheatears and two Sand Martins being the highlights.

two separate Whinchats on Seaford Head
 Raven over Seaford Head
Early Spider Orchid at Castle Hill NNR

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